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12th KOI World Cup & Training Camp Halkida, Greece
The 12th Kobe Osaka International World Cup and Training Camp was held in Halkida, Greece, on the Island of Evia where the training course attracted our biggest ever attendance. Instructors, referees, competitors and students from 29 countries trained together in karate-gis for four days prior to the competition. An unusual occurrence in some organisations perhaps, but not within the KOI "family".
The Championship too was a great success and went like clockwork. After the huge number of competitors at KOI 11 last year in Dresden, many people felt that KOI was in danger of losing its "family" identity if the trend were to continue; and so the instructors took a decision to restrict the number of competitors in future to 500. We are also happy to report once again that there were very few injuries and those few were all of a superficial nature. Compared to many other international competitions this is indeed remarkable and gives credence to KOI's policy of referee and competitor training prior to the competition itself.
KOI Delegates Dinner
We would like to thank George Yerolimpos WKF General Secretary for the tremendous support which he offered to Kobe Osaka Greece in the organisation of KOI 12. We were also very honoured that he took the time out from an extremely busy and rigorous workload with the Organisation Committee of next year's Olympic Games in Athens to attend the KOI delegates dinner as our guest of honour.
Congratulations to Andreas Papadimitropoulos, President of Kobe Osaka Greece, and Costas Papanastasiou for organising such a fantastic and successful competition and on the award of Andreas's 5th Dan. There is a tremendous amount of effort involved in any big event and this is further complicated by the numbers of visa applications that are required for many of the foreign groups wanting to participate so to the office staff of Kobe Osaka Greece, a very, very big thank you.
World Cup Competition
Egypt took second place in the medals table with 10 golds and a total of 24 medals. It was wonderful to see Karim Fikry who competed in the first KOI as a little boy, taking two gold medals for the individual Shitoryu and the All Styles divisions. A big surprise was the strength of the group from Vietnam led by Pham Quoc Trong, they took 5 golds and a total of 15 medals putting them in third place overall. They will surely be a force to be reckoned with at this year's South East Asia games in December.
Uzbekistan led by Nurkon Nafasov maintained their usual high standard as did the Philippines led by Richard Lim. The New Zealand contingent led by Stella Lenihan goes from strength to strength.
This year we introduced separate kata divisions for Shitoryu, Shotokan, Gojuryu and Wadoryu as well as the usual WKF mixed style competition and it was a great success attracting many top competitors.
Here is the medals table ranked by the number of gold medals won, then by silver. The complete medal winners name list is available for downloading. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to read it.
KOI 12 Medals Table
12 Training Camp
Jaap Smaal and Klaus Sterba conducted the training for Shotokan practitioners, Richard Lim for Gojuryu and Steven Morris and Loh Beng Hooi looked after the Shitoryu people. Richard Callaghan assisted by fellow Australian Marco Mazzanti and Alister MacAlister (Scotland) again demonstrated their superlative sport kumite skills and showed everyone once again why they are asked to teach for KOI year after year. In addition to the myriad innovative training methods and combination techniques they explained tactical application of the competition rules and demonstrated some of the throwing techniques which can now be used. This was an event which will be in all our memories for many years to come.
12th KOI Training Camp Instructors
Australia; Richard Callaghan, Marco Mazzanti
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