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Antonio Diaz will participate in the Dutch Open this weekend

Antonio Diaz will participate in the Dutch Open this weekend

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 03, 2014

The Venezuelan Antonio Diaz will debut this season next weekend in the Dutch Open, second stop of the Premier League Karate 1.

Diaz just traveled to Europe after a period of inactivity and with the goal of start training for the World Karate Championships which will be held in Germany at the end of the year.

"This year we did not want to start the activity as early because in December I decided to take a break. That’s why I did not attend the Paris Open, competition that opens the Premier League, as January was very soon for me to compete."

Last year, Diaz remained unbeaten in international events, grabbing gold medals and titles in the South American Karate Championships, the World Games (Cali, Colombia) and the World Combat Games (St. Petersburg, Russia).

In the World Games, his gold medal let him become the Venezuelan largest producer of medals in the event. Afterwards, in the World Combat Games, Diaz was the only Venezuelan athlete to achieve gold medals.

The Dutch Open is the second competition in the calendar for the Karate Premier League 1. In addition to the Open de Paris, it was planned a South African Open but it was canceled due to the lack of entries of competitors.

About his timetable Diaz said that “my schedule for the first half of the year is fairly balanced. Then we have the qualifier for the Central American and Caribbean Sports Games and the Pan American Karate Championships, which were moved from Venezuela to Peru."

The Venezuelan aims to participate in four tournaments of the Premier League Karate 1. "This way I will be able to fight for the title and the individual ranking at the end of the season and that means competing in half of the event this year (a total of seven)."

"We’ve done a lot of physical work to resume competitive shape for the Dutch Open and technically we’ve been working on two new kata to my repertoire."

"That will certainly be a factor for the Dutch Open, which, from what I’ve seen, is going to be quite busy in what refers to kata," analyzed the athlete.

The kata competitions for this European tournament are going to be held throughout the whole day of the coming Saturday (March 8).

Antonio Diaz is the current world champion, with two consecutive crowns, obtained in tournaments held in Serbia (2010) and France (2012). He is already working on his way to World Karate Do Championship, which will be held in Bremen, Germany next November.

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