The European Karate Federation (EKF) has issued the standings for the 2023 European Games.
Continuing the process of the last edition of the European Games which were held in Minsk (Belarus) in 2019, the standings for the 2023 European Games are based on the WKF World Ranking.
Competitors will be able to earn points throughout the qualification period for the event, which comprises from March 27, 2022, to March 2023. Competitions such as Karate 1 events, EKF Senior Championships in 2022 and 2023 and the 2021 World Championships will be considered for the standings.
In March 2023 (date to be confirmed) the final list of participants for the 2023 European Games will be announced.
Karate is one of the sports in the programme of the anticipated 2023 European Games to be held in Krakow-Malopolska (Poland). The multi-sport event is scheduled for June 21 to July 2, 2023, with the Karate competition slated for June 22-23.
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The third edition of the European Games is set to take place in Kraków and the regions of Małopolska and Śląsk in Poland from 21 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts were unanimously elected at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the EOC the day after the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 edition of the European Games in Minsk.
Overseeing the Games is the EOC Coordination Commission, expertly led by its Chair, Hasan Arat (TUR), and Deputy Chairs Zlatko Matesa (CRO) and Niels Nygaard (DEN).
The location for the 2023 European Games offers splendid venues, which will require only minimal work on infrastructure in line with IOC Agenda 2020 recommendations on the environment and sustainability. Poland is also well known for its beauties and heritage, making it a very popular destination for tourists from across the world.
The European Games in 2023 will be an important stepping-stone for the continent’s athletes on the road to the Olympic Games, with many of the sports acting as European championships and/or provide qualifications for Paris 2024. The Games will also be a showcase for some newer sports, such as beach handball, which will be making its first appearance at a senior multi-sport event since the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019.