SEVEN Filipino athletes will compete in the 17th Asian Karate Championships from Saturday in Kazakhstan in hopes of winning medals that eluded a national team sent to the World Karate Federation Senior World Championships last month in Dubai. .
According to Karate Pilipinas president Ricky Lim, competing in the city of Kazakhstan, Jamie Lim (61 kg women), Remon Misu (61 kg women, under 21), Junna Tsukii (50 kg women), Alwyn Batican ( 67 kg men) and Ivan Agustin (75 kg men) in kata and Sakura Alforte (kata women, senior) and John Enrico âJocoâ Vasquez (kata men, senior).
âWe have high hopes with Jamie [Lim] and Junna [Tsukii] for a podium, but we have new athletes here – Alforte and Filipino-Japanese Misu, âLim told BusinessMirror by phone from Almaty.
Alforte, said Lim, was a bronze medalist at the world junior championships in Chile.
âWe expect Alforte to win a medal and we are preparing Misu for the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam next year, so let’s see how they fare,â Lim said.
Lim also said that all of the athletes eventually passed the weigh-in and were all staying at Rahat Palace.
âWe expect high level competition here to hone the skills of our athletes for the Southeast Asian Games next year. [Vietnam] and asian games [Huangzhou]”Lim said.
A total of 600 karate athletes from 30 Asian countries led by the Iranian powerhouse Turkey and Japan are participating in the five-day tournament.
Lim, Tsukii, Vasquez and another kata athlete, Sarah Pangilinan, competed at the Dubai Worlds but all missed the podium.