To better understand the role of the ambassadors for the Karate2020 promotion campaign, we asked Rika Usami (Japanese kata female) and Giorgina Xenou (Greek kata female) to explain their work and purpose.
Rika Usami (宇佐美 里 香), born February 20, 1986, is a Japanese karateka, born in Tokyo, best known for winning the 2012 World Karate Championships.
Giorgina Xenou, born 10 June, 1997, is a multiple Greek national champion in kata and bronze medalist at the World Cadet, Junior and U21 Championships in Guadalajara (Spain), 2013 with Kata team (14-17 years).
WKF: How did you start karate? How old were you when you started?
Rika: When I was 10 years old, I saw an exciting scene in a TV drama of a woman who practiced fighting sports. She defeat the bad guy, and I thought she was so cool. Also, my elder brother was practicing Karate at that time.
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