Karate: Romania keeps 1st place in WUKF European Championships ranking

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The ranking resulted after the Saturday competition in the children and mini cadets categories within the WUKF European Championships organised in Cluj-Napoca shows that Romania keeps the first place among the over 50 national federations participating.

The athletes of the Romanian WUKF Karate Federation obtained overall since the beginning of the competition 45 gold, 43 silver and 49 bronze medals. On Saturday, there took place the competition in the children and mini cadets categories, which brought new medals for Romania.

"This is a sign that the future of the federation on a children and mini cadets level is in good hands, with a number of 32 gold, 33 silver and 42 bronze medals won by the children of the Romanian Karate Federation (FRK WUKF), only yesterday [Saturday]," Andrei Constantin, the event's and the Federation's PR, said.

He pointed out that these results can be owed to the inflow of clubs that have joined the Romanian WUKF Karate Federation, the 20 newly-come clubs having raised the total number of clubs to 104.

"We can say that the Federation's leadership's management of raising its level by opening the doors to all clubs was a very good one. The clubs that joined our Federation participated and had very good results. We have pleasant surprises that those newly-come [clubs] have brought athletes of international standard to the junior and senior section," Andrei Constantin also said.

At the end of Saturday's competition, Slovakia had managed to keep the second place (18 gold, 8 silver, 12 bronze medals), followed by Italy on the third place (8 gold, 6 silver and 14 bronze medals). The surprise of the day was Poland, which climbed on the fourth position, outrunning Denmark, with 7 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals.

The juniors' and seniors' finals will take place on Sunday, the most spectacular events of the competition.

April 6-9, the Polyvalent Hall of Cluj-Napoca hosts the 9th edition of the WUKF European Championships for all ages, organised by the Romanian WUKF Karate Federation. A number of 1,846 athletes of over 50 federations from 26 countries participate in the event. AGERPRES (RO — author: Elena Stanciu, editor: Teodor Ciobanu; EN — editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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