From 10 in Italy, off to -75 kg of kumite where the “Gorilla d’Avola” is the big favorite. The expectation is growing for the challenge between the two world legends
Today is the day of truth. At the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo it will be established who is the strongest of the -75 kg, the queen category of kumite. Italy is playing its best card: Luigi Busà, 33, is already a world legend of the specialty. Two-time world champion and five-time European champion, he will step on the Olympic mat at 10 am (Italian time) to try to put the icing on the cake of his brilliant career in Japan, the homeland of karate. The “Gorilla d’Avola” is more determined than ever and has all the credentials to aim for gold: “If I can express my karate, having fun, there will be none for anyone”. And we believe him.
They will be 10 in the category. Anyone would waver to hear high-sounding names like Rafael Aghayev, Stanislav Horuna or Ken Nishimura, among the greats of this weight, but not Luigi who over the years has lined them up one after the other: “I respect everyone and I know it won’t be easy. Then we will also have to be careful of the outsiders who will be aggressive. I am ready, I am well prepared ”. The ending is still to be written, of course, but if it were for fans of this discipline, the last scene would see Busà vs Agahyev, the Azerbaijani with 5 world gold and 11 European gold, friend / enemy of Luigi since the beginning of the his adventure on the mats all over the world: “It would be the right conclusion for our careers. After the many challenges, we could finally define who is the strongest. I can’t wait for that moment to come, ”he said before leaving for the Games. The two have written pages in the history of the discipline, competing for world and European titles. If a football comparison were to be made, Luigi and Rafael would be respectively the Cristiano Ronaldo and the Messi of karate: the triumph of imagination, power and technique, with encounters that have entered the history of the discipline and that will remain forever etched in the mind. lucky ones who were able to admire them in action. Their eternal challenge finds its perfect conclusion in Tokyo, in these Olympics that crown the dream of a lifetime.
Luigi Busà and Rafael Aghayev have dominated world karate for more than 15 years, they are now living legends of the discipline with palmarès to be envied by anyone: together they boast 7 world and 16 continental gold medals, not to mention the countless international medals. Impressive. One against the other they gave the greatest emotions: bitter enemies on the mat, respectful friends outside. When Luigi and Rafael face each other, and it has happened countless times, it is as if time stops: the building suddenly becomes silent, thousands of heads turn in unison to turn their gaze on that tatami that in an instant is tinged with magic . And there are no more teams or fans, but only the beautiful karate made of respect and hunger for victory, seasoned with spectacular actions that take your breath away and make you jump from the stands. If a credit must be given to these two giants, in addition to the one already conquered on the field, it is knowing how to unite the world of karate under a single flag sewn by the great love and boundless passion for this sport.
The big day has arrived, from 10 the dances of -75 kg open. The Budokan in Tokyo will see Busà and Aghayev compete in the same elimination round consisting of 5 athletes. Only two qualify for the semifinals and the bookmakers are betting everything on the two great rivals who, if so, in the event of a subsequent victory they could then find themselves in that final so dreamed of by fans from all over the world.
August 6, 2021 (change August 6, 2021 | 05:24)
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