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‘Great honour for Sabah to host Karate C’ship’

7th December, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah have been given the honour to host the 18th edition of the Asian Cadet, Junior & Under-21 Karate Championship here in the state capital, next year.

Announcing this yesterday, Sabah Karate Association (SKA) President Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin said they have agreed to assist the Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) to stage the event under the Asian Karate Federation (AKF) annual calendar.

“We held our Supreme Council meeting on Wednesday and the hosting of the international level tournament was on top of our agenda. It has been agreed in the meeting that we will assist Makaf in organising the championship,” said Jake when contacted yesterday.

“It is a great honour for Sabah to play its part in organising the championship. It will not only help us promote the sport, but could also help boost our tourism industry here in Sabah.

“In the past, the championship attracted more that 1000 athletes, coaches and officials from across the Asian countries and we are expecting a similar turnout.

“And this is a great opportunity for our young athletes to see with their own eyes the future Asian star in action,” he added.

Jake, who is also Makaf Vice President II, said the championship is scheduled for April 21-29.

“The delegation from Makaf will be here to do the inspection on the tournament venue later this month, while representatives from AKF will do similar inspection next month,” he said, adding that the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex multipurpose hall is the likely tournament venue.

According to Jake, all the AKF 45 member countries are eligible to take part in the competition, which was last held in Kota Kinabalu here in 2008.

For the record, initially, Sarawak was supposed to organise the championship but have decided to pull out. The last edition of the competition was held in Okinawa, Japan last May where Tambunan lass, Pressy Misty Philip helps Malaysia to win a silver medal.

The 19-year-old Tambunan-born athlete clinched her medal in the under-21 Kumite female -68kg category. She lost to a Kazakhstan’s exponent Alexandra Budkina 4-2 in the final.

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