MUSCAT: The 14th Sultanate of Oman Karate Championship was wrapped up, which was held in the main hall of the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher in Muscat under the auspices of Dr Said bin Mohammed al Saqri, Minister of Economy, and in the presence of Gotayama Moto, Ambassador of Japan to Oman, and Salem bin Hamad al Mahrouqi, Chairman of the Omani Karate Committee, member of the Majlis Ash'shura as representative of Adam. Also present were some heads and representatives of government and private units, trainers, referees and members of the organising committee.
The competitions were held on October 14 and 15 in which more than 300 male and female karatekas participated, representing 36 karate clubs, academies and centres spread throughout the governorates of Sultanate of Oman.
The karatekas were divided into weights and age groups of 12-13 years old, 14-15 years old, 16-17 years old and under-21 categories with specific weights in kata and kumite.
At the end of the second day, the closing ceremony was opened with a speech by the chairman of the Omani Karate Committee, in which he welcomed the Minister of Economy, the patron of the ceremony, their Excellencies and all the attendees. The Karate Pioneers Academy performed a karate presentation by coach Ahmed al Zakwani. Then Ali Al Raisi Club displayed a kata skills presentation.
Later, the two final kata matches were held, moderated by a selection of international and national referees.
During the concluding ceremony, Dr Said al Saqri gave away the medals for the top three karatekas.
In the overall standings, Ali Al Raisi Karate Club came in first place and the Champions Karate Club took second spot while JKA and Shotokan Karate Centre finished third.
The Oman Karate Committee holds these tournaments annually to develop the game with the support of various clubs, centres and private academies.