Paweł Połtorzecki

Dear Karate Friends,


On behalf of the Organizers: Polish Karate Union, KSA Atemi, the Municipality of Bielsko-Biała, I have the honour to invite you to participate in the 13th POLISH OPEN – Grand Prix Bielsko-Biała in Olympic Karate WKF, which will be held from 11 to 13 October 2019.


Over a dozen years, POLISH OPEN, from a small tournament for children and youth, has grown into one of the largest karate tournaments in Europe, which was entered into the calendar of the European Karate Federation for 2019.


The competition will take place as every year in the modern sports hall “Pod Dębowcem” and will be played on 8 tatami. It will be an international ranking tournament for athletes associated in the Polish Karate Union.


POLISH OPEN in Olympic Karate WKF takes place as part of the official celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Polish Olympic Committee. In Bielsko-Biała we will host well-known Olympic athletes from the Beskids, led by the Olympic Champion in Boxing from Tokyo 1964 Marian Kasprzyk, who will be celebrating the 80th birthday anniversary at that time.


The honorary patronage over the event was taken by Mr Jarosław Klimaszewski the President of Bielsko-Biała, Polish Olympic Committee and Ministry of Sport and Tourism.


Very strong representations, members of national teams with the best karatekas from around the globe, medallists of the European Championships and the World Championships have already announced their participation in POLISH OPEN. This event is a great test for cadets, juniors and U21 before the World Championships, which will take place in October in Chile and seniors who are fighting for Olympic qualifications. Also, younger athletes will have the chance to test their skills with the best competitors in the world.


The Chief Referee of POLISH OPEN is Mr Alois Wiesböck, the Chairman of the EKF Referee Commission. Many judges and referees with international licenses (EKF/WKF) will work in the referee panel.


All members of WKF are admitted to participate in Bielsko-Biała, at the foothill of Beskidy Mountains. We will do our best to make you feel like at home. I wish competitors successful performances, coaches and officials satisfaction with the results, and spectators many sports emotions.

Paweł Połtorzecki
Polish Karate Union

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