Romania ranks first in WUKF European Championships

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Romania's team ranked first in the WUKF European Championships, the 9th edition, thus getting back on the first position after being surpassed last year in the competition that took place in Italy by the Italian team.

At the end of the 9th edition of the championship, the Romanian WUKF Karate Federation managed to rank first in the European Championships with 75 gold medals, 61 silver medals and 62 bronze medals.

In the last day of the competition, namely on Sunday, the junior and senior finals took place, the Romanian athletes winning 20 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 13 bronze medals.

Italy which participated in the competition with 5 national organizations ranked second (29-41-42), the UK came in on the third position (24-23-20), with athletes belonging to 10 national organizations, Slovakia (22-14-19) ranked 4th with one federation, the Czech Republic (15-15-9) ranked 5th and Poland (11-2-11) on 6th position with two organizations.

"Due to the politics of the WUKF World Federation leadership at this edition over 50 federations and national organizations from 26 participating countries competed. This reveals that on a worldwide level the Federation opens its gates to all federations or national associations that want to participate and compete in an international competition, regardless of the fact that there are one-two-three or even more federations or organizations from the same country," said Constantin Andrei, Spokesman of the Romanian WUKF Karate Federation, that has as President Liviu Crisan who is also the leader of the world forum.

According to Constantin Andrei the WUKF Karate Federation doesn't impose any restriction on federations or national associations to join this organization, therefore offering all athletes the opportunity to enter the organized competition and win medals.

Romania also ranked first, on a European level in the 7th edition of the WUKF European Championships that was held in Belgium, two years ago.

A number of 1,846 athletes belonging to over 50 federations from 26 countries participated in the WUKF European Championships for all ages. AGERPRES (RO — author: Elena Stanciu, editor: Mihai Tenea; EN — author: Rodica Ionita, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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