The first South American Cup Karate Championships which was held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall under the auspices of the International Karate Daigaku saw two exciting days of martial arts performed at the highest level from the winning Venezuelan team along with Suriname and Guyana.
Venezuela, which carted off 40 gold, 30 silver and 8 bronze medals, dominated the tournament with the Guyana Karate College (GKC) sharing the second spot with 38 gold, 29 silver and 40 bronze medals. The Association-do Shotokan Karate of Guyana earned 38 gold, 39 silver and 41 bronze medals while neighbouring Suriname ended with 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Proceedings on the second and final day began with the official march pass by the teams along with a feature address by Minister of Culture Youth and Sport the Dr Frank Anthony who declared the event open and later, presented the medals to the first set of winners.
Chairman of the IKD (International Karate Daigaku) Master Frank Woon-a-Tai also made remarks along with a representative of one of the sponsors, Sterling Products Limited. Spectators were entertained with a cultural presentation by Sensei Kenrick Cheeks.