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.

Currently the only NASKA world tour event on the west coast, many competitors look forward to the opportunity to compete within a few miles of sunny Los Angeles. However, the stricter COVID-19 regulations in California compared to other parts of the United States may have played a role in the decision-making for this event. This cancellation, coupled with that of the U.S. Capitol Classics, could have significant implications regarding NASKA's points chase for world championship titles in 2021. For more news and updates about many of the world's most prestigious open martial arts tournaments, stay tuned to BlackBeltMag.com/Sport-Karate.

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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