Karate star Phuong to compete at Dubai Karate 1 Premier League
Nguyen Thi Phuong is the only Vietnamese athlete participating in the Karate 1 Premier League-Dubai 2020 in the UAE on February 14-16.
|Nguyen Thi Phuong competes in the 30th SEA Games last December in Philippines. — Photo sport5.vn|
SEA Games women’s team winner Phuong will compete in the women’s individual kata (forms) event against 42 other martial artists from 27 countries and territories.
Phuong is currently No 28 in the world. She is seeking a berth at the Tokyo Olympics and the Dubai event is one of the qualifiers which will deliver points to participants.
Karate will make its first appearance on the 2020 Games programme, with men and women competing in kata and kumite (sparring) events at the Nippon Budokan. — VNS
High kicking martial artists have returned home to Vietnam with a bronze medal after a tournament in Japan.
Although Vietnam's karate team will be without three key athletes, they're aiming for four gold medals at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.