New head of Mediterranean Karate Federations Union appointed


The Congress of the Mediterranean Karate Federations Union (MKFU) was held this past weekend in Tunis, on the eve of the 2023 Mediterranean Karate Championships. The President and Executive Committee members of the organisation were elected at the meeting.

WKF Vice President Bechir Cherif was designated to continue leading the organization for a new six-year term. The three new Vice Presidents are Davor Cipek (CRO), Antonio Moreno (ESP), and Mohamed Mouktabil (MAR).

The plenary session of the MKFU gathered representatives of the National Federations of the 26 Mediterranean countries as the championships were being held during the weekend. The Congress also approved the appointment of Andreas Vasileiou (CYP) as Secretary General, Mohey Eldin Mohammed (EGY) as Treasurer, and Colaiacomo Cinzia (ITA), Stavrianidis Stavros (GRE), Yaser Sahinteki (TUR), Slavoljub Piper (SER), Murati Besnik-(MKD), Issam Abderraouf (EGY), and Jihad Maya (SYR) as Executive Committee members.


The city of Tunis in Tunisia hosts the 29th edition of the Mediterranean Karate Championships – Bulletin


The best karate athletes in the region are expected to participate in the event, which is scheduled for May 19 to 21.

The event is open to categories going from cadet to senior, so numerous competitors are expected to attend the competition.

The last edition of the Mediterranean Championships was held last year in Limassol (Cyprus). Over 400 athletes from 13 countries took part in the event. Powerhouse nation of Egypt topped the medal table of the tournament with 60 medals, followed by Italy and Greece.

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Mediterranean Games show strength of Karate in the region


The city of Oran in Algeria hosts the 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games. The Karate competition is scheduled from June 26 to 27.

Over 3000 athletes from 26 Mediterranean Games are set to participate in the 24 sports to be included in the multi-sport event. Karate, with its discipline of Kumite, returns to the sports programme of the event thus confirming its position in all the multi-sport events of the Olympic cycle.

Many of the top karatekas from Mediterranean countries have confirmed their participation in the event so the high level of the competition is guaranteed.

The last edition of the Mediterranean Games was held in Tarragona (Spain) in 2018. Turkey topped the medal table of the Karate competition with seven medals including two golds. France and Italy also registered successful performances with four and five medals respectively.

Olympian Silvia Semeraro of Italy, Algeria’s Hocine Daikhi and Turkey’s Erman Eltemur and Tuba Yakan were among the gold medallist in Tarragona 2019.


Algerian karatekas lead way to medals on Day 1 of Mediterranean Games


Algeria registered a successful performance on day 1 of Karate at the Mediterranean Games with four gold medals.

Cylia Ouikene opened the gold medal count for Algeria in Female Kumite -50kg. The current continental champion defeated Reem Salama of Egypt in the final 5-0.

The second gold for Algeria came in Female Kumite -55kg as Louiza Abouriche claimed the title of the category following a 4-1 victory over World and continental champion Ahlam Youssef of Egypt.

The domination of Algeria continued in Female Kumite -61kg. Chaima Midi added the third gold for the powerhouse nation since the current continental bronze medallist beat Tunisia’s Wafa Mahjoub in the final 3-2.

The golden day for Algeria was completed in Male Kumite -75kgOussama Zaid starred in one of the big upsets of the day after surprising Olympian and World Championships runner-up Abdalla Abdelaziz of Egypt 5-4


Two golds for Egypt on final day of Karate at Mediterranean Games


Olympic Games gold medallist Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt used her status as Olympic champion to add the title in the Mediterranean Games to her ample list of honours. The Egyptian karateka who is a three-time continental medallist defeated Olympian Silvia Semeraro of Italy 2-0 in the “Clash of Titans” of the day to win the crown in Female Kumite -68kg.

Egypt finished the day with two golds as Youssef Badawy claimed the title in Male Kumite -84kg. The current World champion and UFAK Championships runner-up beat Vladimir Brezancic of Serbia in the thrilling final of the category 6-4.