The 9th Traditional Karate World Cup ORLEN 2017 was organized in the sport hall Atlas Arena in Lodz (Poland) on June 3.

The participants were the best world athletes chosen by their federations. They represented the following countries: Armenia, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine and USA.

This event was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ryszard Czeslaw Debski – karateka, friend, cofounder and member of the Board of Traditional Karate Federation of Poland, who passed away in 2011.

Both during the elimination rounds and finals, the duels were fought at a very high level, as all of the competitors were prepared for the competition exceptionally well this year. But it was the final duels that evoked the most emotions, especially the one in the female category, where two Poles stepped on the mat – Maria Depta and Agnieszka Sajdutka. It was Agnieszka Sajdutka that won her first World Cup ever.

The third place was taken by Nataliya Vyerloka from Russia, who defeated Michelle Càssia de Moura Melo from Brasil. Places 5 to 8 were taken by: Tereza Kleiblova (Czech Republic), Juste Baltrusaityte (Lithuania), Priscilla Tipeni (USA) and Amira Mokhamed (Ukraine).

The final male duel also evoked strong emotions. Wiktor Staszak (Poland) was victorious by beating Michal Sowa (Poland). Anatolii Kuzmenko (Ukraine) and Jakub Stepan (Czech Republic) fought for third place, which was won by Anatolii Kuzmenko. Places 5 to 8 were taken by: Narek Iskandaryan (Armenia), Gennadii Golubchikov (Russia), Julian Dumitras (Romania) and Artsun Ohanyan (Armenia).

“I could expect that in final female match two Polish athletes would fight, because both of them are experienced and very well prepared. Agnieszka had more willingness to win. Regarding the male match – they were the youngest polish participants in the history of World Cup. They are experienced, they have been training for a few years, but I was not sure it is enough. But it was good.” – said Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski – WTKF President, after the tournament.

Apart from the World Cup, Lodz was also the venue of Intercontinental Kumite Matches. The participants were the Polish national team (as a Host), Brasil team, international team and the team of the World Fudokan Federation. The Polish team proved to be the best. It included: Jan Klebek, Damian Pawlik, Damian Tomasik and Pawel Tomasik.

The international team followed, composed of: Viorel Bejan (Moldova), Narek Iskandaryan (Armenia), Anatolii Kuzmenko (Ukraine) and Alvaro Wegener (Chile).

The third place was taken by the team of World Fudokan Federation: Artsun Ohanyan (Armenia), Julian Dumitras (Romania) and Benjamin Zgank (Slovenia), and the fourth place was taken by the team from Brasil: Drausio Valentim de Moura Júnior, Paulo Afonso de Paiva Filho and Paulo Afonso de Paiva Neto.

In conjunction with the 2017 World Cup and Intecontinental Kumite Match the 17th Traditional Karate Polish Children’s Cup ORLEN 2017. More than one thousand children took part in this competition!

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