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Karate will have the chance to see the world elite in action during 2019, you could not have a better prelude to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

1-Premier League is the series of international first class tournaments of the world Karate, the series will have stages in France, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, China, Japan, Russia, and Spain. The calendar runs from January 25 to December 1.

The official website of the World Karate Federation announced the new edition of its flagship event, Karate 1-Premier League. Which will be a series of international first class karate tournaments. In addition, this important contest will serve as preparation for the debut at the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

In the presentation of the 1-Premier League the president of the WKF, Antonio Espinós said: "The tremendous progress of the Karate competitions is not only reflected in the growing popularity of our events; The growing interest among television networks around the world, the large number of countries that are being represented in the tournaments and the boom in income that remains in the host cities support the success of our actions."

The 2019 Karate 1-Premier League will start in January in Paris (France), in one of the exclusive Karate events. The competition will move to Dubai (UAE) in February, while Rabat (Morocco) will continue to be one of the highlights of the year with the tournament scheduled for April.

After the successful Karate 1-Series A event this year, Shanghai (China) will host the fourth scheduled stop of the season. Then, Karate will again show its tremendous popularity in Japan with a new edition of Karate 1-Premier League Tokyo.

Two new host cities in two countries where Karate is extremely popular will close the Karate 1-Premier League 2019. Moscow in Russia will host another big Karate event in October 2019 to celebrate the fascination with Karate in the powerful nation of Karate, while that Madrid in Spain will act as the venue for the closing tournament of the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League in November.

In addition to new markets and larger venues, the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League will present a modern and unified delivery of events. In order to further increase the impact of the sport among its growing audience, all the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League tournaments will present a spectacular and updated competition design.

The athletes must win in the seven tournaments next year to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Ultimately, the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League is the stage where the best karateka in the world will meet. With the quest to earn points to qualify for the intensification of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, athletes must win in the seven tournaments next year to realize their Olympic dreams.

"Since the Karate 1-Premier League is one of the competitions that attributes the most points to the Olympic qualification, we will experience unique sporting moments, and I am sure that the seven Karate 1-Premier League in 2019 will be simply unforgettable." the president of the WKF, Antonio Espinós.

This is the official calendar of the 1-Premier League of Karate, 2019.

January 25-27: Karate 1-Premier League of Paris (France)
From February 15 to 17: Karate 1-Premier League Dubai (UAE)
April 19-21: Karate 1-Premier League Rabat (Morocco)
June 7-9: Karate 1-Premier League Shanghai (China)
From 6 to 8 September: Karate 1-Premier League of Tokyo (Japan)
October 4-6: Karate 1-Premier League Moscow (Russia)
November 29-December 1: Karate 1-Premier League Madrid (Spain)

Relive the second to second of the most spectacular actions of the Grand Slam Championship taekwondo series.


The semifinal route has already been marked in its eight categories: Men -58kg, Men's 68kg, Men's -80kg, Men's + 80kg, Women's -49kg, Women's W-57kg, Women's -67kg, Women's + 67kg.

On the third day of the Wuxi 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions series, the taekwondo athletes advanced to the semifinals after a great level in the quarterfinals.

Here is the detail of each category.

Male -58kg

The -58 kg male category saw the number one favorite Tae-hun Kim from Korea convincingly beat Thailand's Tawin Hanprab 2-0 to set up a semi-final bout with China's Yushuai Liang. The crowd favorite, Liang narrowly beat the number four seed and Rome Grand Prix champion Mikhail Artamonov of Russia in a round of gold points in what was the first shocking result of the day. The second semifinal will be played between the number two and three seeds, Jun Jang of Korea and Armin Hadipour Seighalani of Iran, after both progressed convincingly with a 2-0 victory. Seighalani passed in front of Ramnarong Sawekwihareare of Thailand, while Jun Jang beat Xiaoyi Chen of China.

Male -68kg

In the first quarter-final of the men's category of -68 kg, the favorite of Dae-Hoon Lee of Korea before the tournament beat Vladimir Dalakliev of Bulgaria 2-0. Lee will now face No. 5 seed Bradly Sinden of Great Britain after Sinden defeated Hakan Recber of Turkey 2-0. In a sparkling golden spot, Javier Perez Polo, of Spain, eliminated the number three of the planted Yu-Jen Huang of Taipei, much to the surprise of the crowd. Perez Polo will test his skills against the number two seed, Shuai Zhao, of China. Zhao had the support of the crowd, as he also had to overcome a dramatic round of golden points in his quarterfinals against Korea's Dong-yun Shin.

Male -80kg

The number one seed, Maksim Khramtcov, of Russia, survived a scare against Nikita Rafalovich of Uzbekistan in the first quarterfinals of the 80 kilos. The fight went to a round of gold points, but it was Khramtcov who threw the winning shot. Now he will face China's Linglong Chen in the semifinals. Chen had a much smoother quarter-final as he beat fellow Chinese star Ke Ren 2-0. The second semi-final will be played between favorite number three Hwan Namgoong of Korea and number seven favorite Milad Beigi Harchegani of Azerbaijan. In another impressive round of gold points, Namgoong beat Icaro Migel Soares of Spain, in what was one of the fights of the tournament so far. In addition, Harchegani won convincingly to No. 2 seed Jiannan Huang of China 2-0.

Male + 80kg

In the men's category of + 80 kg, Kyo-don In received another goodbye, as his proposed opponent, Dmitriy Shokin, of Uzbekistan, had to retire due to an injury. In, yet to fight, we will now face Hongyi Sun of China in the semifinals after Sun defeated Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain 2-0. In another surprising result, Sajjad Mardani of Iran eliminated the number three, Gil-young Byeon of Korea. Mardani will now face the song of China Zhaoxiang. Song defeated Anthony Mylann Obame of Gabon in his quarterfinals.

Feminine -49kg

The number one seed, So-hui Kim of Korea, was eliminated from the tournament by his Korean teammate and ninth seed Min-Ah Ha, after Ha got the winning shot in the gold-stitched round. He has now faced China's Xueqin Tan in the semifinals, after Tan beat Jae-young Sim of Korea 2-0. The third seed Bora Kang eliminated Napaporn Charanawat of Turkey 2-0. Kang will face the number two seed Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand in the semifinals. Wongpattanakit beat China Yuntao Wenren convincingly 2-0.

Female W-57 kg

In the women's -57kg, Marija Stetic eliminated the number one, Irem Yaman, of Turkey, after Stetic won the fight 2-0. Fourth seed Jade Jones will face Stetic in the semifinals, after she also won her quarter-final against China's Zongshi Luo 2-0. The number three favorite, Lijun Zhou of China, also advanced to the semifinals by beating Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey 2-0. Zhou will face Ah-Reum Lee of Korea in the second semifinal. Lee beat Nikita Glasnovic of Croatia 2-0 in his fourth.

Female -67kg

Top-seeded Ruth Gbagbi of Côte d'Ivoire coached convincingly Hyeri Oh of Korea 2-0. Gbagbi will fight with Manchester Grand Prix champion Lauren Williams of Great Britain, who also won her quarterfinal against Paige McPherson of the United States 2-0. The number three favorite, Yunfei Guo from China, beat Matea Jelic from Croatia...

The competitors of the categories: -49kg female, -57kg female, -58kg male and -68kg male offered an excellent show.

Feminine -49kg

The women's category -49kg saw the number one and the 2017 Grand Slam champion So-hui Kim of Korea progress by defeating China's favorite Qing Guo in a tense round of gold points. Kim will now face compatriot Min-Ah Ha in the quarterfinals after the latter overtook Iryna Romoldanova of Ukraine. Jae-young Sim of Korea will face China's Xueqin Tan after each athlete convincingly outscored his opponents 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. Korea's third seed Bora Kang also booked her place in the quarterfinals by defeating Jordyn Smith of Great Britain 2-0. Kang will now face Napaporn Charanawat of Thailand, who beat Zeliha Agris of Turkey 2-1. The final quarterfinal of the weight category will be played between Yuntao Wenren of China and Manchester and the Taoyuan Grand Prix Champion, Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand, after each fighter defeated his opponents 2-0.

Feminine -57kg

Irem Yaman, the number one seed of 57 kilos of women from Turkey, received a goodbye in the preliminary round and will now face Marija Stetic, who defeated her compatriot Bruna Vuletic Croatian 2-0. To the delight of the local crowd, Zongshi Luo of China also booked his place in the neighborhoods by defeating Phannapa Harnsujin of Thailand in a captivating round of gold dots. Luo will now face Rome and Manchester Grand Prix champion Jade Jones of Great Britain in the quarterfinals. Lijun Zhou of China and Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey will also meet in the quarters, as each of them beat their opponents 2-0. The last quarter-final will be fought between second seed Ah-Reum Lee of Korea, who received a goodbye, and Nikita Glasnovic of Croatia, who defeated Chia-ling Lo of Korea 2-0.

Male -58kg

In the men's -58kg quarterfinals, No. 1 seed Tae-hun Kim of Korea will face Tawin Hanprab of Thailand after Hanprab defeated Vito Dell'Aquila of Italy and Kim received a goodbye. A tense Chinese preliminary round between Yushuai Liang and Xiongbin Ouyang finally saw Liang progress. Liang will now face Rome Grand Prix champion Mikhail Artamonov of Russia after convincingly defeating Seongshin Kim of Korea 2-0. Armin Hadipour Seighalani of Iran received a goodbye and will now face Ramnarong Sawekwiharee of Thailand, who beat Ruidong Wu of China 2-0. Xiaoyi Chen of China defeated Jesus Tortosa Cabrera of Spain 2-0 and set a quarter-final with number two, favorite Jun Jang of Korea, who was given a goodbye.

Male -68kg

The final weight category of the day saw the athletes compete in the male -68kg. The number one and four times Grand Prix winner in 2018, Dae-hoon Lee of Korea was fired in the first round, but will face the impressive Vladimir Dalakliev of Bulgaria in the quarterfinals. Dalakliev convincingly beat Viacheslav Minin of Russia in round 16 with a score of 2-0. Britain's Bradly Sinden had to win a tense golden spot against Jinyu Wang of China to reserve her place in the quarterfinals. Sinden will now face Turkey's Hakan Recber, who impressively defeated Xiang Sun of China. The number three favorite, Yu-Jen Huang, of Chinese Taipei, received a goodbye in the round of 16 and will face Javier Perez Polo, of Spain, who threw the winning blow in an exciting round of golden points against Guodong Song of China . The final quarterfinals will be fought between No. 2 seed Shuai Zhao of China and Dong-yun Shin of Korea after Zhao farewell and Shin convincingly beat Christian McNeish of Great Britain 2-0. in the round of 16.

Tomorrow a stellar lineup awaits us, while the athletes prepare to compete in the quarterfinals of the male weight categories -58kg, female + 67kg, male -80kg and female -57kg.

DENVER, UNITED STATES - After an arbitration process conducted by the U.S. Center for SafeSport's for a case of alleged abusive sexual behavior. the Olympic Taekwondo Champion - WT, Steven Lopez was removed from the banned of people with problems of this type.

According to the ESPN Sports Portal:  "Lopez was permanently banned in September for sexual misconduct involving a minor. I have denied the allegations. "

SafeSport spokesman, Dan Hill, in his statement argued that arbitration is part of the center code, which protects the two parties.

The brother of the Olympic champion, Jean Lopez, is still on the SafeSport list due to an investigation for alleged sex trafficking.

Video of all the competition of the Grand Slam Series of Taekwondo WT.


The first day took place in the second Grand Slam Series of Taekwondo began its actions in Wuxi, China, when jumping to the scene when the athletes of four categories: -67kg female, + 67kg female, -80kg male and 80kg male .

The scenario for the most important sporting fair in the world of taekwondo was at the Taihu International Expo Center in Wuxi. The best events in the world, including the previous Grand Slam champion and gold medalists in each of the five Grand Prix events in 2018, were competed.

In the women's category of -67kg, Ruth Gbagbi, from Ivory Coast, in the hand of winners of the Grand Slam Grand Slam Champions Champions Series. Jie Song of China 2-0 in the best of the three round. Taoyuan Grand Prix champion Paige Mc Pherson from the USA UU., And Manchester Grand Prix champion Lauren Williams of Great Britain will meet in the second quarter final, after both athletes won their preliminary rounds 2-0. The other two quarterfinals have two Chinese stars, to the delight of the local crowd. Yunfei Guo from China and the champion of the Moscow Matea Grand Prix.


Preliminary rounds of + 67 kg women saw the crowd favorite, Chen Li, of China, narrowly beat Raphaella Galacho of Brazil. Li is now paired against the number one favorite and pre-tournament favorite Bianca Walkden. Huan Wang of China fought hard to beat Nafia Kus of Turkey 2-1 and will now face Aleksandra Kowalczuk of Poland, who won her preliminary round against Yaxin Liu 2-0. The third quarter-final will feature an all-American showdown between Jackie Galloway and Madelynn Gorman-Shore. Galloway received a message in the first round, while Gorman-Shore beat Juan Shi of China 2-0. Rebecca McGowan of Great Britain defeated Cansel Deniz 2-1 to put together a fight against number two, Shuyin Zheng of China, who received a notification in the last quarterfinal.

In the quarter-finals of the 80 kilos, the number one seed, Maksim Khramtcov, will face Nikita Rafalovich, of Uzbekistan, after Rafalovich defeated Aaron Cook of Moldova and Khramtcov received a comment. Speak a completely Chinese showdown between Linglong Chen and Ke Ren in the final second quarter. Chen beat Tsung Yeh Yang of Chinese Taipei in round one 2-1, while Ren beat Raúl Martínez García of Spain 2-0. Hwan Namgoong from Korea and Icaro

The final weight category of the day does not compete with the athletes at + 80 kg. The number one favorite, Kyo-don In of Korea, received a goodbye to face Dmitriy Shokin of Uzbekistan, who defeated Mahama Cho of Great Britain 2-0. Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain beat Radik Isaev 2-0, and faced Hongyi Sun of China, who beat Jintao Liu of China. Gil-young Byeon from Korea oversaw a Qiang Xu from China for a score of 2-1 in the first round. Byeon will now fight against Sajjad Mardani of Iran, who narrowly defeated Stephen Lambdin of the USA. UU In a round of gold points. In the last quarter-final, Anthony Mylann Obame of Gabon faced a Zhaoxiang song in China, both won their preliminary fights by a score of 2-1.

The action continues tomorrow, and the athletes compete in the round of 16 of the -49kg female, -58kg male, -57kg female and -68kg male.

The second Grand Slam Series from Wuxi with an impeccable preparation to give the best of the best of world taekwondo to its fans.

In an enjoyable tour with John Cullen, who is the official presenter of the World Taekwondo Media does not present the scenarios that have prepared for this global taekwondo show, impeccable the stage and the entrance tunnel to the competition area. The warm-up area for athletes is luxury.

For the event there will be an audiovisual production of first level, twelve cameras of the latest technology in which a special "slow motion" is highlighted to see the detail of the most impressive techniques.

Also the official presenter of the WT makes a series of interviews to those who are in charge of giving life to this great event of world taekwondo.

We will invite you to see everything in the following video.


The Gambia Professional Taekwondo Academy announced the launch of the program: Personal Defense for Women.

The program seeks for Gambian women to receive comprehensive self-defense and taekwondo training, the program to develop several sessions over a month, and with a maximum of 10 participants.

Through this program you will learn the basic techniques of self defense that will respond to women security.

Among the benefits of practicing this sport and martial art is to improve the physical and aesthetic body.

Classes will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019.

For more information, please call these numbers: 3743305/7996445/7643990/3628741 or write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our facilities located on the Facade of the restaurant "The Butchers Shop".

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