PH karate team ends Olympic qualifiers campaign with no direct Tokyo entries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) – The eight-man Philippine karate team concluded its 2021 Olympic Qualification Tournament campaign on Sunday without one of them earning a direct qualification to the Tokyo Olympics.

2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jamie Lim was dominated by Tunisian opponent Chehinez Jemi in the second round of the female kumite +61kg division with a score of 2-7.

Lim earlier trounced Austria's Alisa Buchinger in the first round, 3-2.

Meanwhile, 2019 SEA Games bronze medalist Sharief Afif got eliminated in his first match after a 2-0 defeat against Portugal's Filipe Reis.

Other Filipino karatekas like Junna Tsukii, Jason Macaalay, Sarah Pangilinan, Joane Orbon, John Enrico Vasquez, and Ivan Agustin failed to secure an outright berth in the inaugural Olympic karate competitions slated in Tokyo, Japan next month.

At the Olympic qualifiers held in Paris, France, only the podium finishers or top 3 of each division will advance to the Tokyo Games.

Among the Filipino karate bets, only Tsukii still holds a chance to clinch a Tokyo Olympics ticket through the continental quota qualification method. She is currently ranked 12th in the world and 6th in Asia in the latest World Karate Federation Olympic rankings.

Prior to the Olympic qualifiers in Paris, the Philippine karate team trained in a bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna and for three months in Istanbul, Turkey.