8 Medals Brought from England
29 March, 2012

3gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals– this was the success that was achieved by Georgian karate sportsmen at XV International A Class Tournament in Britain, which is held annually by arrangement of British Martial Arts Federation. 

 

On February 25-26 in Sheffield, England, was held an annual traditional tournament in Karate. The competition was held under the aegis and rules of World Union Karate-Do Federation (WUKF). Organizer of the said competition was British Martial Arts Federation. In this prestigious tournament with about twenty participant countries world over, the team of Georgian Karate –Do Confederation took part for the first time and our athletes showed a good result. Our karatekas were considered as the favorites before the opening of the tournament, because they have been awarded with medals at the British tournaments several times before.

The fights were held in different age and weight categories.

In 14-15 years old category Beka Otarashvili showed good fight; he lost semifinal to the English athlete with the score 1:2 and in +60 kg weight category he won the bronze medal. He also tried his skills in individual Kumite absolute weight category and took the third place, gaining the bronze medal.

In the tournament of individual Kumite weight category of elderly age Levan Geldiashvili (- 70kg) and Lasha Egnatashvili (+80 kg) showed good performance. In the final fight both sportsmen lost only one point against British Karate sportsmen and as a result they gained silver medals.

In individual Kumite absolute weight category tournament of elderly age Mzetchabuk Makharadze also took the second place and won the silver medal. He participated in individual Kata (technical complex) and reached the final, but the referees awarded him the fourth place.

On February 26, team competition took place, where our athletes showed maximal skill on the Tatami.

Levan Geldiashvili, Mzetchabuk Makharadze and Lasha Egnatashvili passed every round with victory and prior to the finals gained victory with the strong teams of Malta, Scotland, Italy and city of Manchester with the score of 3:0 and in the finals they left no chance to the English sportsmen. Neither the assistance of referees helped the hosts to achieve the success. Georgian athletes defeated the London Karate Federation team with the score of 3:0 and returned home with golden cup and medals.

All in all, the athletes of Georgian Shotokan Karate-Do Confederation gained 8 medals: 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.