No less than 1200 competitors from 139 countries have confirmed their participation at the event. These numbers represent a record-breaking attendance of competitors in the tournament and a showcase of the growing interest of Karate around the world.
The previous edition of the Karate World Championships which was held in 2016 in Linz (Austria) registered 1049 athletes from 110 countries. In 2014, in the event which took place in Bremen (Germany), over 700 competitors from 116 took part in the competition. The 2012 World Championships in Paris (France) are regarded as one of the pinnacle Karate events of all times and it had 990 karatekas from 116 nations competing at the tournament.
“A look to the countries participating in the Karate World Championships in Madrid clearly demonstrates the universality of our sport. Karate is practised all over the world, as it is stated in the fact that 192 National Federations comprise the World Karate Federation. With over 140 of these National Federations represented - one way or the other - at the event, we can definitively showcase the impressive global appeal of our sport. This proves that the event is already on its way to be a huge success; these Championships are poised to be truly memorable, and the best one yet,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.
Karatekas from all five continents and from all the corners of the world will be represented at the 2018 Karate World Championships. Russia with 27 athletes, Egypt and Romania with 24 competitors and hosts of Spain with 22 participants present the largest delegations in Madrid.
The tournament is also set to break all records in terms of coverage. The 2018 Karate World Championships will be broadcast in 182 countries. In addition to many TV networks and platforms around the world, the event will be followed on karateworld.tv and on WKF social media channels.