MOSCOW, may 6. /TASS/. Russian Alexander Gutnik took second place at the European championship in karate the Kumite discipline in the weight category up to 67 kg Tournament at the Turkish Kocaeli.

In the final the Russian lost Turku Bogaru the Uighurs with the score 1:3. Bronze award in the asset Spaniard Carlos Leon and Montenegrin Mario Hojicha.

The European championship in Turkey opens its first Olympic cycle for karate, a Japanese martial art in 2020 will debut at the Olympic games in Tokyo. Karate competitions are held in two disciplines – Kumite (sparring) and kata (demonstration sequence of movements imitating a fight with an imaginary opponent) .