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Portugal's Jorge Fonseca showed an explosive brand of judo in claiming his second straight 100 kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships, Friday. Fonseca scored a half point on a throw in the finals against Serbia's Aleksandar Kukolj, then came back to score a full ippon a minute later with an inside trip. Kukolj entered the day needing to make it all the way to the finals to qualify for the Olympics. Though he had to settle for the silver medal here, he at least punched his ticket to the upcoming Tokyo Games.

In the women's half of the tournament, Germany's Anna-Maria Wagner needed to go to overtime to defeat defending champion Madeleine Malonga of France for the 78 kg title, scoring with an inside leg reap to claim the championship.

Within 24 hours of the cancellation of the 2021 U.S. Capitol Classics, the 2021 Compete International Martial Arts Championship has also been canceled. The world class tournament is promoted by Mohamad and Amanda Jahanvash in Ontario, California and was the last NASKA event to take place before the COVID-19 pandemic in February of 2020. The promoters released the following statement to announce the cancellation on Thursday:

We regret to announce that we will not be holding Compete this year. Due to Covid restrictions we had to make the decision that in order to provide the highest quality experience for our competitors, officials and families, we will not hold Compete World Martial Arts Championships in 2021. Compete will be February 25, 26 & 27, 2022 at Ontario Convention Center and we hope to see you there. Thank you all for your support.

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The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team put on a jaw dropping performance for NBC's America's Got Talent TV show Tuesday night that had the judges seemingly giddy and the squad getting automatically advanced to the final, live round of competition. They pulled off on an impressive display of aerial breaking that saw members of the team catapulting themselves off each other to kick boards that were being held close to 20 feet in the air. Before the judges could even vote, host Terry Crews gave the group his "golden buzzer" that granted automatic entrance to the live round.

The multinational team of mostly South Koreans and Americans explained that they were scheduled to perform at this year's Olympics but the demonstration was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Instead, they'll have to settle for the opportunity to compete on America's Got Talent's live show from Hollywood later in the year.


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of yet another world class sport karate tournament. The U.S. Capitol Classics and China Open, a 6A-rated North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) world tour event, last took place in 2019 and hoped to make a return in 2021. Promoters Grand Master Dennis Brown and Andrena Brown released this statement on Wednesday:

We regret to inform you that we will not present the 2021 US Capitol Classics China Open. Due to COVID restrictions, our venue, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is not scheduled to reopen until July. Depending on when it opens in July, that would give us less than one month to prepare, finalize and debut the 2021 US Capitol Classics China Open as the high quality event that it has been for over three decades. We were unable to secure a later date in the year because other groups had to move their dates or not present their events, as is the case for us. We will take this time to begin early preparations for 2022 August 4-6. We hope you understand our decision to err on the side of caution for you. Grand Master Brown and I (Andrena) will continue to support the NASKA events that are scheduled for 2021 and beyond.

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