A historic event will be held in Sweden, Gothenburg, in the beginning of April 2023. The European Karate Championship Shinkyokushinkai will for the first time be held in Sweden! As a Fullcontact Kyokushin nation, Sweden has always held a high standard in the total aspect of Kyokushin Karate. The host is selected, the menu is European Championship.
We mention the level of Kyokushin that Sweden possesses. It is a great history trough the years in Swedish Kyokushin, and as you know some of the most respected pioneers in the game lives in Sweden. If we look into the tournament – Swedish competitors, we can see the same again – the nation holds a decent level! This will be a championship for adults only, EC Juniors, Cadets and Youth in 2023 will take place in autumn in Hungary (Debrecen)
So, the lever er fore sure at the very best, but can one tell something about their capacity when it comes to organize a major tournament as The European Championship? It is natural to mention Swedish Open – a tournament held every other year, in Gothenburg. OK, Swedish Open is a tournament – but the EC is a Championship, but when that is said, if you have been to Swedish Open – not many tournaments have that kind of a standard – so we are fully confident in the Swedish Organization when it come to give us a memorable European Championship!
Of course, it is a lot more to follow up when it comes to a large event. And not least when it comes to planning and logistics. But if we take a minute to think about what Sweden can manage when it comes to the athletic goals. We know that they have skills to reach the podium – in Kata and Kumite. And if we take a look back in the 2017 – when their neighbor, Denmark was the host of the EC. (see the team HERE)
In 2017, Sweden made a very strong effort i front of the championship, and came into the championship with their largest team ever. And at this championship Swede got a historic European gold medal in Sara Hägge, women heavyweight. This was Sweden’s first gold in the women category, and i total we think it was the the second, with Juhani Vepsäläinen being a EC champion back in 1993. We think Sweden will bring us a championship at a very high level – and we do also believe that Sweden will be ready with their strongest team ever!