The Philippine junior karatedo team stamped its class in the prestigious 7th World Championship Karate and Kobudo-Hayashiha Shitoryukai, winning one gold and one silver on Sunday at the Cheras Badminton Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Promising karateka Ayesha Alexandrine Ramos deli-vered the lone gold medal of the country as she scored three straight victories in topping the girls’ 9-under Kata [forms]category.
Ramos, an Elim Christian Academy-Cavite standout, outclassed her Vietnam rival in the first round via 5-0 demolition then crushed a Malaysian fighter in the next round in another dominating fashion, 4-1, before surviving the onslaught of a Japanese bet in the finals, 3-2.
Marc Ian Calapati added one silver in the boys’ 9-under Kumite [sparring]event. The team was mentored by Sensei Tom Oloc Oloc.
“The future is bright for them and I believe that with proper support, these athletes would come a long way. These are the future of Philippine karatedo,” said Philippine Karate League president and Philippine Shitoryu Karatedo Federation Secretary General Shihan Dennis Aquino.
The Philippines will be hosting the 3rd Asia Pacific Championship on July 28 to August 3 in 2014. It will be staged in the country in cooperation with the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF), Philippine Sports Commission, City Government of Quezon City, Association of Sports Officers of the Philippines and Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines.
“The tournament is a good opportunity for us since we will be able to field more athletes. It will also help boost our tourism as we’re expecting a lot of foreign athletes from the region to participate in this event,” added Aquino, who is also the Sports Chief of Santa Rosa, Laguna and Vice President of the PKF Southern Luzon chapter.