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Switzerland's Luca Spitz sent the home crowd into raptures as he claimed gold in the cadet kumite male under 52 kilograms category at the European Junior, Cadet and Under-21 Karate Championships in Zurich.
Some of the world's best karate players, including world champions Giana Lofty of Egypt, Enes Erkan of Turkey and France's Alizée Agier, are preparing to take part in the Karate 1 Premier League Paris, which gets underway tomorrow in the French capital.
Karate has stepped up its bid to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme, with World Karate Federation (WKF) President Antonio Espinos saying they are "doing all they can" in order to be included.
At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country's President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories". He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government - the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
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With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics about to head into their final year of preparations, Mike Rowbottom speaks to IPC President Andrew Parsons about the most pressing concern and the hope for a lasting legacy.