Over 600 senior and junior karateka will be vying for honors in the 5th Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) National Open slated on September 10 to 11 at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City.
Different teams from all over the country will test their skills in the junior, senior and cadet events.
“This national championship will help us determine and scout future members of our national team especially in the junior level,” PKF Secretary-General Raymund Lee Reyes told The Manila Times on Tuesday.
Reyes said winners from the competition, provided they passed several more screenings, would get a chance to be part of the national team.
“In PKF, we really value those in the grassroots level especially that karate is now included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Reyes said that the PKF is now preparing for the Southeast Asian Games in 2017 and 2019, Asian Games in 2018, and the Olympics in 2020.
“We, the members of PKF board, will not stop in developing our players until we reach our dream of producing the very first gold medal in the Olympics,” Reyes said.