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15th Kobe Osaka International World Cup and Training Camp
The 15th Kobe Osaka International World Cup and Training Camp in Halkida is finally over and attracted a total of 30 countries and 573 entries. As in previous years we have to say it was another very well organised event but that was expected. Andreas Papadimitropoulos the KOI Greece President and his staff at the Federation office have a lot of experience. The Training Camp and the World Cup were held at the Kanithos Stadium as in 2003 and the referees course and the KOI Congress were held at the HQ Hotel in Eretria. Unfortunately there were visa problems and more than 100 people were unable to participate this year. Richard Lim and his team from the Philippines received their visas too late to travel and Mohammad Ali Mardani from Iran who wanted to bring 100 persons (as he did in Moscow last year) was unsuccessful in his application and neither he nor his group were able to take part. From the whole Iranian group only one person, Saeid Ashtian was able to get a visa and he took the Gold in the men's plus 80kg division. Let's hope that next year will be different.
Kobe Osaka Greece hosted an official dinner for 60 persons at a beautiful location by the sea. WKF General Secretary Dr. George Yerolimpos accompanied by his wife Emanuella attended as the guests of honour.
Following this Metyout Zitouni gave a presentation on Morocco's bid for next year's KOI 16 followed by Morad Assem presenting Ahly Club's bid for Egypt. A bid from Philippines is still on the table from last year. The winning bid will be announced at the end of September or early October. Italy has bid for 2008 and Taiwan for 2009.
Gina Ragazzo and Robert Hamara were both promoted to 6th Dan and Marco Mazzanti and Alister MacAlister were both promoted to 5th Dan.
KOI World Cup
Unfortunately for various reasons a number of countries who participated in Moscow last year could not participate this year, but we were happy to welcome new participants and competitors from Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Morocco, South Africa, (all of whom took medals), Romania and Senegal. Ahly club from Egypt did not participate this year but the Cairo Shooting Club and the Al Zahour Club competitors upheld Egypt's long history of wins at KOI placing them 5th in the medals table. Congratulations to Alexey Petrov, President of the Bulgarian Karate Federation whose team at their very first KOI World Cup took fourth place in the medals table and to Metyout Zitouni whose team from Morocco, also at their first KOI, placed eighth overall.
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Thanks also to Steven Morris and Alister MacAlister from Scotland, Vlado Derek from Croatia, Geri Hofs from Netherlands, Richard Ng, Sanny Yap Ah Huat and Chris Lee Wing Kong from Singapore, and all our referees and judges who helped us have another great and safe competition. Not a single competitor needed hospital treatment and again all injuries were slight. This is an enviable record, not one serious injury in fifteen years which just goes to prove the value of the training camp and the skills of our referees, instructors, coaches and competitors.
Australia; Richard Callaghan, Marco Mazzanti
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