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37 places! Andrés Madera qualified for Tokyo

Karate honored the constancy and perseverance of one of its favorite exponents in Venezuela and America, sensei Andrés Madera, who this June 15 received the official status of his quota to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games via continental quota granted by the World Federation (WKF ), who increases the national delegation to 37 classified for the great universal sports fair.

“They are more than 26 years practicing this sport and five years of a long qualification process. It is great to come home after the pre-Olympic in Paris and receive the news of the publication of the continental quotas ", expressed Madera, who was received by Juan Carlos Amarante, president of the National Institute of Sports and karate authorities after the participation of the delegation in the world qualifier in France, where Claudymar Garcés (-61kg) achieved the country's 36th Olympic ticket.

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A total of 12 continental quotas were announced by the governing body of world karate this June 15, of which only three belong to the Pan-American area and for the continental champions: Andrés Madera (VEN), Brian Irr (USA) and Alexandra Grande ( PER). The rest went to Alexandrea Anacan (NZL), Radwa Sayed (EGY), Abdalla Abdelaziz (EGY), Tsuneari Yahiro (AUS), Daniyar Yuldashev (KAZ), Sofya Berultseva (KAZ), Lamya Matoub (ALG), gold medalist from the European Games Kalvis Kalnins (LAT)) and Bettina Plank (AUT).


"It's great. Nobody imagines the amount of years of work and things we had to overcome to get here: injuries, personal problems and thousands of situations that make us stronger every day, ”reiterated Madera, who this cycle added silver to the Bolivarian of Santa Marta 2017, gold in the South American Cocha 2018, gold in the Barranquilla 2018 Central American Games and won the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Throughout the Tokyo 2020 qualification period, Madera, ranked 16th in the world ranking and 34th in the Olympic ranking in the -67kg, was champion of the 2017 Premier League Paris, runner-up at the Premier League stop in Rotterdam and Pan-American runner-up in Curaçao, that same year and in 2019 he won the Premier League in Shanghai, China, in addition to being among the 12 best in the world in tournaments on the world circuit.

“We had some doubts about the allocation of a place in my category in the IOC Olympic Refugee Team, but hey, thank God things were given to us. In the Pre-Olympic it was very difficult to assimilate the fact of having lost, but thank God having won the Pan American Games in Lima weighed heavily in this place that is awarded to me on behalf of the country. We will leave Venezuela very high ”.

In total, 82 karatekas (40 women and 42 men) will compete at Tokyo 2020: 61 in kumite and 21 in kata. Those already qualified represent 34 different countries, testament to the sport's worldwide popularity.

Various karate fighters

Venezuela is one of the eight countries with the highest number of qualifiers in karate at Tokyo 2020, and the second in America, only surpassed by the United States: Antonio Díaz (kata) via world ranking, along with Claudymar Garcés, bronze in the world pre-Olympic ( -61kg) and Andrés Madera (-67kg) for continental quota.

Karate's Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for August 5-7, 2021 at the iconic Nippon Budokan, with medals awarded each day of competition.

Venezuela adds 37 athletes qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:

  • Yulimar Rojas - Athletics - Triple Jump
  • Robeilys Peinado - Athletics - Pole Vault
  • Orluis Aular - Cycling - Road
  • Daniel Dhers - Cycling - BMX FreeStyle Park
  • Andrés Lage - Sailing - FINN Class
  • Team - Court Volleyball - Men
  • Rubén Limardo - Fencing - Sword
  • Antonio Díaz - Karate - Kata
  • Karen León - Judo - (-78kg)
  • José Guipe - Rowing - Light Double Pair
  • César Amaris - Rowing - Light Double Pair
  • José Félix Quintero - Fencing - Sable
  • Óscar Ariza - Diving - 10m Platform
  • Gabriel Maestre - Boxing - (Welterweight 69kg)
  • Nalek Korbaj - Boxing - (Light 81kg)
  • Rosa Rodríguez - Athletics - Hammer Throw
  • Irismar Cardozo - Boxing - (Fly 51kg)
  • Yoel Finol - Boxing - (Fly 52kg)
  • Julio Mayora - Weights - (73kg)
  • Yusleidy Figueroa - Weights - (59kg)
  • Julio Iemma - Olympic Shot - 3 × 40 Rifle
  • Anriquelis Barrios - Judo - (-63kg)
  • Naryury Pérez - Weights - (87kg)
  • Keydomar Vallenilla - Weights - (96kg)
  • Claudymar Garcés - Karate - (Kumite -61kg)
  • Andrés Madera - Karate - (Kumite -67kg)


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