Japan has invited a team from the temporarily occupied territory of Donbas to participate in the IX Karate World Cup. The competition was held by the Karatenomichi World Federation in Tokyo from November 7-10. This was reported by the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan.
Representatives of the organization's secretariat confirmed the fact of the invitation of the team, which training club is located within the occupied territory of the Donetsk region, for participation in the tournament.
"As part of the diplomatic response, the Embassy of Ukraine drew the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to the stated fact and handed a note to the Japanese side outlining the relevant official position of the Ukrainian side. Embassy of Ukraine is taking measures to clarify all the circumstances of this event," the message informed.
It is worth noting that the Karatenomichi World Federation is a private organization operating in the little-known type of karate.
As we reported earlier, Saitama (Japan) hosted the final of the WBSS, World Boxing Super Series. Japanese bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue went toe-to-toe with Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire.
Inoue looked more confident and landed more accurate and powerful strikes over the entire fight. However, Donaire managed to put up quite a fight and shook his opponent; Inoue was hit in the eye in the middle of the bout and had to continue with blood on his face. Eventually, the Japanese knocked the opponent down with a body punch; Donaire stood up and managed to finish the fight.