USA Karate bringing 2020 National Championships to Spokane this summer

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SPOKANE, Wash. – USA Karate will bring its 2020 National Championships to Spokane this July.

Junior athletes will compete for the top two spots in their division to claim their place on the Junior National Team heading to Monterrey, Mexico for the Junior Pan American Championships in August. Meantime, the Senior Elite divisions will compete to secure their spots for the 2021 Senior National Team Trials.

The National Championships is also the final stop before USA Karate heads to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

“USA Karate is excited to bring this prestigious event to Spokane. We heard so many wonderful things about Spokane and the Spokane Sports Commission from other National Governing Bodies and wanted to meet with them to see if it was a fit for USA Karate. The staff at the Spokane Sports Commission put forth a great bid for the championships and we are excited to be headed to the Pacific Northwest this coming July,” said Phil Hampel, CEO of USA National Karate-do Federation.

The national championships are expected to bring an estimated 2,000 athletes and additional 2,500 coaches, officials and fans. The event is expected to bring more than $4 million to the local economy.

“We are grateful to all of our community partners who realize the benefit of sports and work together to win events like these – making Spokane an undeniable sports destination,” a release from USA Karate said.

The event is set for July 9-12 inside the Spokane Convention Center.