Barbados karate champs

Barbados’ Asha Stevenson (R) on the attack over the weekend.
Photo by George Alleyne

Barbadian Karateka, Asha Stevenson, emerged the most outstanding female young competitor as Barbados romped home indisputable champions when it hosted the International Karate Daigaku World Cup over the weekend.

The youngster who doubles her sports as a national footballer, was made an excellent display in the girls 11 to13 division and put in a good enough performance to tie with Canada’s Leah Bergmanis in the 16 to 19 category.

She finished the three-day competition with a total of five medals inclusive of four gold in the individual Kumite and the Kata. The other two came in the team Kata and Enbu, along with silver in the team Bunkai, performed with teammates.

The International Karate Daigaku (IKD) 2018 World Cup tournament was held in the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, with over 300 competitors from across the globe.

According to the organisation’s management, the IKD World Cup is held every three years and provides an opportunity for members around the world to compete against each other and simultaneously improve fellowship among members.

With 46 gold medals the 52-strong Barbados contingent was named the most outstanding country.

Barbados captain, Corey Greaves said, “we were able to put the most members onto the team than in any other championship before, and it wasn’t just a matter of putting numbers, but we also put quality, which showed up by the medals we brought home and also winning the youth and adult titles overall.”

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