Top PH karate bet Junna Tsukii bows out of Olympic qualifiers


HEARTBREAKER. The Philippines gets its campaign off to a tough start with the loss of Junna Tsukii.

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After an early exit in the Olympic qualifiers, Junna Tsukii still hopes to make it to the Tokyo Games via another route

The Philippines’ top karateka suffered an early exit in the Olympic qualifiers but still holds out hope of making it to the Tokyo Games.

Filipino Junna Tsukii bowed out after a loss to Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria, 2-1, in the female -55kg kumite event of the Karate World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Paris on Friday, June 11. 

Tsukii, who earned a bye in the first round, had hoped to secure an Olympic berth in the tournament after falling short of qualifying via the Asian rankings.

But it will now be a waiting game for Tsukii as she still hopes to make it to the Olympics via the continental quota. The Filipino world No. 8 can also earn a wild card spot through the Tripartite Commission invitation.

It was a tough start for Filipinos as Jason Macaalay also ended his journey following a loss to Azerbaijan’s Firdovsi Farzaliyev, 1-0, in the male -67kg  kumite. 

Other Philippine bets set to see action are Jamie Lim, Joane Orbon, Ivan Agustin, Shariff Afif, Alwyn Batican, John Enrico Vasquez, and Sarah Pangilinan. – Rappler.com