(Reuters) – The 2020 Tokyo Olympics consists of 33 sports activities. Karate is considered one of 5 sports activities added to this system for the Video games.
Listed below are some key details about karate on the Olympics.
Launched: The IOC introduced in 2016 that karate – together with baseball/softball, browsing, skateboarding and sport climbing – could be included on the Tokyo Video games. That is the primary time karate has featured within the fashionable Olympics.
Karate will not be, nonetheless, a everlasting addition to this system and is unlikely to function within the 2024 Video games.
Occasions: Competitors is damaged down between kata and kumite occasions, with kata athletes demonstrating a pre-set collection of actions in opposition to a digital opponent and kumite athletes sparring with each other one-on-one.
There are three kumite occasions for males and three for girls, damaged down by weight class, and one kata occasion every.
Scoring and method: In kata, opponents can be judged on a wide range of elements, together with the ability and velocity of hits and kicks, in addition to the transition from numerous actions.
In kumite competitors, athletes safe factors for touchdown hits on their opponents. Athletes can earn between one and three factors per hit, with three factors reserved for the hardest maneuvers, together with an upper-level kick.
Prime opponents: With no Olympic precedent set, the sector is huge open for the 80 athletes anticipated to compete.
Japan, the nation from which karate originated, has claimed essentially the most medals in world championship competitors.
Sources: Worldwide Olympic Committee, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Video games, WKF
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(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)
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