Karate games of the “Inter University Games 2017” were held on 17 and 18 June 2017, at the Gymnasium of University of Sri Jayawardenapura. Karate, which is said to have begun as a technique of self defense in early Japan has now evolved as a popular sport all over the world. The art of Karate includes a variety of techniques which have been added to the main art with the expansion of the sport across the world.
The Inter University Karate Competition held recently consisted of categories such as Kata and Kumite, which were held separately on 17 and 18. The tournament consisted of a series of games in both male and female categories. Individual and team events under different weight classes and different Karate types were held, accordingly. The overall championship of men was won by University of Sabaragamuwa with a score of 21 points. The overall women championship went to the University of Colombo with a score of 26 points.
University of Moratuwa and University of Sri Jayawardenapura were the first and second runners up of the male category, with 20 points and 14 points respectively. Both University of Moratuwa and University of Sri Jayawardenapura scored 15 points and became the first runners up of the women’s category, while University of Sabaragamuwa became the fourth of the tournament with a score of 12 points.
The individual championships for Karate Kata in both men and women categories were won by competitors from University of Sabaragamuwa. D.M.S.D. Karunaratne achieved the male individual championship with a score of 25.6 points while G.M.D.D.M Jayamanna won the female trophy with 25.5 points. The second and third places of the men’s category were won by competitors from University of Sabaragamuwa and Colombo, respectively. The second place of the women’s category went to University of Ruhuna, while both Universities of Kelaniya and Peradeniya shared the third place.
The team Kata event of men’s category was won by University of Moratuwa, while University of Sabaragamuwa was the first runner up of the event. The second runner up place was won by both the universities of Sri Jayewardenapura and Colombo. The trophy of the women’s category was won by University of Moratuwa. University of Colombo was the first runner up and both the Universities of Sri Jayawardenapura and Sabaragamuwa were the second runners up of the event.
Karate Kumite events were held under several weight classes for men and women. Seven weight classes were present for men, and the first places under each class were achieved by the following competitors.
Over 84kg- A.M.H. Silva, UOSJP
Under 84kg- W.S.S.D. De Silva, UOC
Under 75kg- N.A.K.R. Silva, UOSJP
Under 67kg- U.G.H.L. Madhushan, UOM
Under 60 kg- D.M.S.D. Karunaratne, UOS
Under 55kg- E.M.H.D.B. Edirisinghe, UOK
Under 50kg- D.T.D. Jayasinghe, UOK
The Kumite event was held under six weight classes for women, and the achievers were as follows.
Over 68kg- W.A.M.K. Dissanayake, UOC
Under 68kg- E.D. Piyadarshani, UOSJP
Under 61kg- L.K.I. Piyawadani, UOM
Under 55kg- G.A.P.N. Gunasinghe, UOC
Under 50kg- P.D.N. Gunathilake, UOC
Under 45kg- H.K.T. Premachandra, UOK
The Inter University Karate Championship 2017 came to an end with glory and pride to University of Sabaragamuwa as the overall champions of the tournament. The spirit and enthusiasm of the competitors representing all the universities added a non ending freshness to the air throughout the tournament.
By Nayanamali Herath