Karate Association of India (KAI) announced an eight-member Indian Karate squad for Asian Games 2018. The Asian sports extravaganza is scheduled to be held at Jakarta, Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.
The selection trials were held at the MP state karate academy in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh yesterday, to determine the final squad.
The eight-member team is currently training under chief coach Ahmad Safi of Iran. He is assisted by national coaches Jaidev Sharma, Ratan Gambhir, S Ravi and Sawan Kumar at national coaching camp at Bhopal.
Indian Karate squad for Asian Games 2018
Men’s Individual Kumite
Pranay Sharma of Delhi (60 Kg), Anmol Singh of Haryana (67 Kg), Sharath J. of Karnataka (75 Kg), Vishal of Haryana (84 Kg).
Women’s Individual Kumite
Nidhi Nanhet of Madhya Pradesh (50 Kg), Supriya Jatav of Madhya Pradesh (55 Kg), N Harsha of Tamilnadu (61 Kg) and Johny Mangkhaiya of Arunachal Pradesh (68 Kg)
India is yet to win a medal in Karate at the Asian Games. Japan is the most successful country in karate with a medal tally of 26 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze.