PH bets fall in karate Olympic qualifying tournament

Beatrice Go

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PH bets fall in karate Olympic qualifying tournament

FALLING SHORT. Philippine karate's top bet Junna Tsukii makes an early exit in the Olympic qualifiers.

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The Philippine karate team fails to punch a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics

The Philippine karate team fell short in its campaign in the 2021 Karate World Olympic Qualifying tournament held on June 11 to 13 in Paris, France.

Karate Premier League gold medalist Junna Tsukii was the country’s top bet in the qualifying for the Olympics as she ranks World No.8 in the female -50kg kumite event.

But the Filipino-Japanese suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in her opening bout against Bulgaria’s Ivet Goranova in the female -55kg event.

However, Tsukii questioned the decision of the referees for not counting her points as she showed screenshots of her game footage.

“I accept my result in this time. But we need to think about this for our future for karate,” wrote Tsukii on Facebook.

Tsukii, who has been collecting Olympic ranking points since the start of 2019, is hoping to qualify by the virtue of continental allocation.

Jamie Lim, a 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist, also ended her campaign in the second round of the female +61kg kumite event with a 7-2 loss to Tunisia’s Chehinez Jemi.


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Filipino-American Joane Orbon was booted out of the second round in a loss to Portugal’s Carolina Arsenio, 2-0 in the female -61kg kumite event.

In the men’s kumite side, Ivan Agustin lost 1-0 to Colombian Juan Landazuri in the -75kg event; Sharief Afif surrendered to Portugal’s Filipe Reis, 2-0, in the +75kg event; while Jayson Macaalay made it to the third round but fell to Azerbaijan’s Firdovsi Farzaliyev, 1-0, in the -67kg event.

Kata athletes John Enrico Vasquez and Sarah Pangilinan, on the other hand, did not advance to the further rounds.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is set to be staged on July 23 to August 8. – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.