Ali Al-Raisi Karate Club emerges on top

Some of the winners on the podium with officials at the fifth National Karate Championship that concluded recently

Ali al Raisi Karate Club claimed the top honours in the fifth National Karate Championship, which concluded at the Al Amal Sports Club recently.

Organised by the Shotokan Karate Centre (SKC), under the auspices of the Oman Karate Committee, a total of 400 players, including boys and girls, from 23 clubs and private academies took part in the championship.

And for the first time, a team from Al Amal Sport Club that included hearing and speech impaired players, competed in the championship.

Ali al Raisi club collected a total of 23 gold, 14 silver and nine bronze medals to emerge on top while Shotokan Karate Centre finished runner-up with 11 gold, nine silver and 22 bronze medals.

The Champ was third with five gold, four silver and 16 bronze medals.

JKA Oman came fourth with five gold, three silver and 11 bronze while Shito-Ryu Karate Center completed the top-five clubs with a haul of three gold, nine silver and 13 bronze.

Among the other clubs that managed to win gold medals were Partizan (3), Nizwa Champ and GYM Saham (3), International Karate Academy (2), Muscat Academy (1) and Harmony (1).

Sayyida Naila bint Hamad al Busaidi, head of Omani Society for Hearing Impaired, was the guest of honour and gave away the awards in the presence of Hamood al Tooqi, a member of the Oman Karate Committee (OKC), and Sheikh Salim al Mahrouqi. Later, Nawaz Mokairi, a representative from the SKC, presented a memento to Sayyida Naila bint Hamad al Busaidi.

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