San Marino hosted the 5th edition of the Small States of Europe Karate Championships. The event had the participation of all nine nations representing the small states of Europe and ended with Cyprus dominating the competition.
The Cyprus delegation finished the tournament with a total of 80 medals including 21 golds. Luxembourg with 54 medals and Montenegro with 13 awards also registered successful performances.
Nearly 500 karatekas from nine countries gathered in San Marino for the fifth edition of the competition. The SSEKF Championships comprise the members of the Games of the Small States of Europe GSSE-multisport event, namely Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino. Cyprus presented the largest delegation with 157 competitors.
After the successful fifth edition of the championships held in San Marino, the event heads to Iceland, where the 2019 Small States of Europe Karate Championships will be celebrated from September 14 to 15, 2019.
From left to right: Iceland Karate Federation president Reinhard Reinhardson; Cyprus Karate Federation and SSEKF president, Andreas Vasileiou; San Marino Olympic Committee president, Gian Primo Giardi; San Marino Karate Federation president, Maurizzio Mazza; Chief referee, Giuseppe Zaccaro and representative of Secretary of Sports of San Marino at the event.