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16th Kobe Osaka International World Cup and Training Camp
16th World Cup Competition
The 16th KOI World Cup held in Varna Bulgaria surprised us all with a huge entry equalled only by KOI 11 in Dresden in 2002. There were representatives from 29 countries, a total of 593 competitors, and 1168 entries in all categories. Once again injuries were minimal.
However it was an extremely busy time because a number of countries left their entries too late and the Bulgarian Federation were unable to supply enough staff to cope with the huge entry. The result was that we had to ask the referees and judges (and some of our student members) to roll up their sleeves and tackle all the work of running the tournament which they did admirably. We wish to record our sincere thanks for the terrific job that they did, in fact so good a job did they do, that we completed the last category within 15 minutes of the scheduled finishing time on Sunday afternoon! To all our tired and weary workers, well done, you made KOI 16 another resounding success.
Whilst it was extremely gratifying to have so many entries it gave us organisational problems that could have been avoided with the result that we had to modify the medals ceremony and cut the repechage on Saturday and Sunday so that we could run to schedule. To ensure that this does not happen again we will make adjustments to our entries procedures before next year.
The Opening Ceremony on Friday 27th July was attended by Mr. Ginyo Ganev the Ombudsman of Bulgaria, and the Mayor of Varna. The Bulgarian Karate Federation President Alexey Petrov very generously donated 500 tickets for KOI members to attend the famous Varna Dance Ensemble on Saturday 28th July.
Once again Kobe Osaka Russia under the leadership of Kamil Mousin dominated the medals tables with a fantastic haul of 56 medals; 17 Gold, 12 Silver and 27 Bronze. In second place was Bulgaria with 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 15 Bronze. New members Ukraine surprised everyone by taking third place with 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.
You can view/download the results by clicking on the appropriate link. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open.
Click here to see the Medals Table
Click here to see the Results
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groups and their representatives who took part were:
Please note that as of next year we will not accept late entries for the KOI World Cup. All competitors must be licensed not later than 31 May each year as their unique licence number will be their competition entry number for all future KOI World Cup competitions. Coaches or the responsible person for the team must be at the registration on the Sunday before the competition to complete the registration details. Also please note that females wishing to wear headscarves for religious reasons will be allowed to do so provided that a plain, unpatterned white scarf is worn with the karategi and a plain, unpatterned black scarf is worn with referees uniform.
If we are to continue to allow competitors to enter more than one category we may have to consider starting the competition in future on Thursday so that we can finish early on Sunday. What do you think, increase the days or decrease the entries? Let us know your opinion by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of changes will be distributed to all KOI representatives and will be posted on the website.
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