Disqualification from the Karate Olympics with a brutal gold medal stroke
The final gold medal match in the Olympic debut of karate ended in a nasty and deceptive disqualification.
Tokyo, Japan – The last match of the Olympic karate debut seemed to have everything that makes martial arts so appealing, For an incredible ending it should have starved fans of many martial arts vying for the location of future Olympic programs.
Instead, the gold medal match with over 75 kilograms of men’s kumite ended in a nasty and deceptive penalty for a kick that looked too good for karate.
Established champion Sajad Ganjizade faced rising star Tareg Hamedi to win a gold medal at the iconic Budokan. The karate family represented two countries with a very complex history, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Hamedi took the lead in the opening and kicked off the spectacular final strike of the Tokyo tournament, with a pure left kick that connected wonderfully to Gandizade’s head and upper body. Hamedi threw the Iranian champion backwards, leaving him unconscious on the tatami mats, and his eyes vaguely looked up.
Hamedi jumped on a celebration and screamed and released after appearing to have won the first gold in Saudi Arabia’s Olympic history.
It was the end of the biggest international showcase film in the history of karate competition, which fought for 50 years to reach the stage of the Olympic Games.
The judge then held a meeting and disqualified Hamedi at half speed. This is a serious violation of the rules.
The authorities did not immediately publicly explain their decision, but karate practitioners are not expected to fully follow the Olympic version of the karate strike. Highlighted reel strokes, which greatly enrich mixed martial artists and boxers, are considered too dangerous for the sport.
Instead of making history, 23-year-old Hamedi left Matt in tears. He then responded with the maturity and discipline expected of a great karate practitioner.
“When asked if I agree, of course I disagree because I love gold medals,” Hamedi said through an interpreter. “But I’m happy with the level of performance I gave and I accept their decision. No objection. I think I played well. That’s all I can say.”
After waking up backstage, Gandizade learned he was an Olympic champion and returned to win a gold medal.
“I regret that the final had to be done this way,” said Gandizade.
Hamedi’s silver medal was Saudi Arabia’s second ever medal. He shared a warm hug and joint celebration with Gandizade atop the medal podium during another show of sportsmanship from Sterling.
During the three-day tournament, nearly all Budokan athletes were asked about the future of their sport – and for good reason. Karate does not participate in the Olympic program in Paris, thought enthusiastically those in charge of karate. This Tokyo showcase shows why sport soon deserves a permanent place.
Many tournaments have done just that. There are many exciting games that show the hitting power of kumite players. The type competition was fascinating in a major demonstration in the form of karate – an exercise that adapts to everything from gymnastic floor exercises to riding dressages in the Olympic playbook.
But when the final match ends with an official decision that is sure to confuse or exasperate everyone except the most die-hard karate fans, the future of the sport in front of a larger audience is so important. . It didn’t look promising.
If karate doesn’t want a kick out of the sport, it’s understandable that many fans don’t want to see more karate.
Competitive karate critics have long compared it to the violent game of tag that can make it boring. There was a lot of action at the Budokan, but there was also a lot of cage play where neither opponent took too much risk.
Feryal Abdelaziz won the eighth gold medal in Egyptian Olympic history before Hamedi and Gandizade clashed and beat Azerbaijani Irina Zaretska 2-0 with a woman weighing over 60 kilograms two and a half minutes later. .. The game was convincing, but probably only for those who understood the tactics associated with the stakes.
It is too early to determine if the IOC is among those who love karate and want to see it in Tokyo.
“I hope people will change their minds and karate will be included in the next Olympics,” said Abdellajiz. “There are millions of people around the world who practice karate, and I think it really deserves to be included. Show them in games, show their beauty, show their competitiveness. I showed. I think we deserve the future at the Olympics. “