Lay, Reis to Compete at 11th South East Asian Karate Championship Featured

By The INDEPENDENTE April 17, 2024 182
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DILI: Timorese athletes Bartolomeu Fatima Araujo Lay and Ovidio da Conceicao Reis will compete for the South East Asian Karate Federation’s top prize in Thailand next week, the Secretary General of Timor-Leste’s Karate Federation (TLKF) said, after a scramble to secure funding to help them attend.

Reis will compete in the 55-kilogram category and Lay the 60-kilogram category, Antonio Carlos de Araujo said in video posted on social media.

Earlier this month, Araujo said TLKF was struggling to find the money to fund his athletes South East Asian Karate Championship campaign.

The Secretary General said Timor-Leste’s National Olympic Committee and teammates at TLKF had ran a campaign to cover travel costs for the two athletes.

Qualifying for the championship is something that most never imagined possible for the Timorese athletes, TLKF said.

The two-day South East Asian Karate Federation Championship kicks off on 24 April in Bangkok.

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