Karate at the Olympics

Karate is a new Olympic sport, making its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (along with four other new sports). In Tokyo, there will be two karate events, Kumite and Kata.

Karate at Tokyo 2020

There will be eight gold medal events: six for the Kumite competition (3 weight categories for males and females) and two gold medals for the Kata competition (one each for males and females). There will be sixty competitors competing in the Kumite competition, and twenty in the Kata competition.

The Road to the Olympics

In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports to add to the program for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Karate was one of the leading contenders, though it missed out when the sports of Golf and Rugby were selected. After further lobbying, it was finally accepted onto the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, along with four other new sports.

It was seen as difficult for Karate to gain inclusion given that there are already several other combat sports on the Olympic program: boxing, Judo, taekwondo, fencing and wrestling.

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