More than 500 young karateka from 45 nations are set to compete in the World Karate Federation (WKF) Youth Cup in Porec.
The annual event that aims to showcase the strength of karate at young ages got underway on Saturday (June 25) with a training camp before the competition which is due to be staged on Thursday (June 30).
The Intersport Centre in the Croatian city is holding training sessions before youngsters are set to move to Zatika Sports Hall for the WKF Cup.
With hundreds of talented young athletes from all five continents expected to participate, the camp is set to give them the opportunity to train and share their passion for the sport.
A host of karate stars were due lead the training sessions, including Olympic bronze medallist Viviana Bottaro of Italy, reigning world champion Douglas Brose of Brazil and two-time world gold medallist Ivan Leal of Spain.
“The expansion of karate among youngsters lies at the heart of the WKF’s overarching mission,” a statement from WKF President Antonio Espinós read.
“We strive to further increase our sport at the grassroots level as we are absolutely certain that Karate plays a life-changing role in the lives of younger generations.
“The WKF Youth Camp and Cup has become one of the highlights of our season since it represents the perfect showcase of the many values of our sport, with thousands of young karate athletes gathering in a true commemoration of the greatness of karate.”