22 countries will be putting forward nearly 900 top young karateka with their best of the best to gather this week in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to battle it out for the Pan American crown.
The 29th edition of the Pan-American Karate Federation Junior, Cadet & Under 21 Championships will put the highlight on the future Karate stars of the continent in four anticipated days of competition.
The tournament will be featuring event categories under three classifications which are the Cadet, Junior and Under 21 categories where around 50 individual and team events of both Kata and Kumite will be taken into the tatamis with the Cadet category competitions being held in 10 sub categories while the Junior categories will feature 11 sub categories. In addition to this, the Under 21 category will be seeing competition in 12 different sub categories.
With the 2018 Youth Olympic Games coming up from around the corner and the Karate fraternity’s much enthusiastic preparation for it where they will see Karate being featured in the Youth Olympic Games for the first time in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina anticipates the thrill and excitement of the Karate competition by hosting this week the 2017 Pan-American Karate Federation Junior, Cadet & U21 Championships. The impact of Karate among youngsters will be further displayed in the event that will present the most promising competitors in the continent who will then be in the spotlight in return to be looked forward to at the Youth Olympics and also if things do really get exciting, to be looked forward to at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Among these new names to watch, Dominican Republic’s Nykolai Josef Arango Soto will have in his agenda to maintain his form to make an attempt at trying to confirm his rising status following his bronze medal in the 2017 Pan-American Karate Federation Senior Championships and after finishing in third place at the Male Kata competition of the 2015 Junior World Championships with competition from players in the likes of Benjamin Abarca of Chile, Canada’s Fahmy, Sebastian Gonzales of Argentina and Venezuela’s Cesar Gutierrez.
Meanwhile, current Senior Pan American runner-up in Female Kumite -68kg Sachiko Ramos of Mexico will try to prevail at the Under 21 competition in Buenos Aires, so to become one of the stars of the event who will have to emerge on top over Alexandra Zaborniak of Canada, USA’s Taylor Wood and Antonella Lavenia of Argentina. Among the many favourites, bronze medalists at the Pan-American Karate Federation Senior Championships Nicolas Bisson of Canada in Male Kumite -60Kg where he will meet resistance by karateka in the likes of Argentina’s Dylan Barcaza, Gonzalo Balsa of Uruguay, Felix De Morla of the Dominican Republic and Brazil’s Gabriel Stankunas and Yorgelis Salazar Camacho of Venezuela in Female Kumite -55kg where she will face competition from Mexico’s Esthela Soto, USA’s Sabina Ramic, Barbara Perez of Venezuela, Canada’s Laurence Morin and Guadalupe Medrano of Argentina, hope to shine in Buenos Aires.