Karate, not to be confused with kung fu, will take its bow at Tokyo 2020 as a full Olympic sport.
It’s fitting, given that karate is thought to have originated in host-nation Japan nearly 700 years ago. But one of the favorites for gold isn't Japanese – he's Spanish.
"This is the most important thing that has happened to our sport in a long, long time," said two-time world silver medalist and double European individual champion Damian Quintero.
"The wait to become an Olympic sport has allowed us to become full-time karate athletes, this was really big as it helped with the professionalization of karate."
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