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Over 400 exponents for inaugural Shureido Cup

14th August, 2019

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Over 400 athletes are expected to take part in the inaugural Shureido Cup Karate Championship 2019 that will be happening at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex multipurpose hall in Likas, this weekend.

At press time, the organiser – Sabah Karate Association (SKA) – had received a total of 444 entries from 33 teams from across the nation as well as foreign teams from Brunei, Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia.

Chinese Taipei are coming with the biggest contingent among the foreign teams with 32 athletes, while the Philippines, who will be sending two teams, have entered 13 athletes, Indonesia nine and Brunei four.

As for the hosts, SKA, they will parade the biggest number of athletes among the local teams with 47. The second biggest local team are SKA Telupid with 37, followed by SKA Penampang 28 and DAHAI Club from Penampang, 26.

The tournament also attracted teams from Peninsular Malaysia where Hayashi-Ha Selangor will be coming with 14 athletes, while Negeri Sembilan Hayashi-HA Association will parade six exponents.

According to organising chairman Julian Chin, the national team will also be competing in the three-day championship.

“They have entered eight athletes and will compete in the Under-21 category,” said Julian, who is also the SKA Secretary-General.

He said that the tournament features five categories, namely Under-12, Under-14, Junior, Cadet and Under-21 for both boys and girls.

Julian said the action will start on Friday (August 16), with the Under-12 and Under-14 category from 8am until late afternoon, followed by the opening ceremony that has been slated for 4pm.

On Saturday (August 17), the Junior and Cadet events will take place while on the final day (Sunday, August 18), it will be action time for the Under-21 category.

In conjunction with the tournament, SKA will also organise a Kata Seminar on August 15 at the tournament’s venue. “The seminar will be conducted by Sensei Michael Huang (Shotokan) and Sensei Nobuka Yoshiaki (Nobukawa Ha Shitoryu),” said Julian.

   
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