World karate elite in action at the Arena

Sean O’Brien with Italy’s Daniele Spremberg and Frenchman Christophe Pinna ahead of their clash in the Basketball Arena on Saturday

TWO world karate champions will be among the sport’s 12 elite athletes who will participate in an international karate gala to be held at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght this next Saturday.

The 2021 WMAI / WUKF International Karate Gala will involve competitors and officials from across Ireland, UK, Poland, Italy and France and headlining will be the shock of Frenchman Christophe Pinna, six times world and European champion, against the current Italian Daniele Spremberg, WUKF professional world champion.

The very first women’s clash between Dublin’s Jasmine Byrne and Poland’s Aleksandra Zgorecka will also be among the competitions presented.

Previously hosted in Poland, this tournament is coming to Dublin for the first time and its arrival was made easier by the South Dublin County Council’s event and festival grant.

The karate matches will be broadcast live worldwide from the venue for the evening highlighting South County Dublin and Dublin’s Outdoors to a global audience.

There will be live commentary as well as entertainment for the audience which has been limited to 800 as per public health guidelines.

“This WMAI / WUKF professional karate event, which will include a world title fight, will be one of a kind in Dublin and we look forward to full Irish support in the arena that evening,” said Sean O’Brien, president of Wado Martial. Arts Ireland.

“WMAI has received approval for an offer of assistance from the County Promotion Unit of South Dublin County Council as part of its Tourism Events and Festivals grant for this year’s competition.

“Without this grant, we would not be able to put in place the necessary infrastructure to make this fair a success. I would like to thank SDCC and Dublin’s Outdoors for their trust and support in this event, ”he added.

Tickets for the event are available on Ticket Tailor now.

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