Technical Regulations - Karate

1. EVENTS
This competition will be conducted during the 23rd Summer Deaflympics from 18 July 2017 to 30 July 2017 and will consist of the following 18 events (9 for men, 9 for women and 0 for mixed):

EventMenWomenMixed
-60kg
-67kg
-75kg
-84kg
+84kg
-50kg
-55kg
-61kg
-68kg
+68kg
open
kata
kata team
kumite team

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum Age
-60kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-67kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-75kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-84kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
+84kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-50kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-55kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-61kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
-68kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
+68kg18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
open18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999
kata16Born on or before 31 Dec 2001
kata team16Born on or before 31 Dec 2001
kumite team18Born on or before 18 Jul 1999

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaflympics Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.4 Number of Teams
Not Applicable

2.5 Qualified Teams
Not Applicable

2.6 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each Karate discipline listed below:

MenWomen
1313

2.7 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
-60kg1--
-67kg1--
-75kg1--
-84kg1--
+84kg1--
-50kg-1-
-55kg-1-
-61kg-1-
-68kg-1-
+68kg-1-
open22-
kata22-
kata team33-
kumite team55-

2.8 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventReserves/Substitutes
-60kgNo reserves/substitutes
-67kgNo reserves/substitutes
-75kgNo reserves/substitutes
-84kgNo reserves/substitutes
+84kgNo reserves/substitutes
-50kgNo reserves/substitutes
-55kgNo reserves/substitutes
-61kgNo reserves/substitutes
-68kgNo reserves/substitutes
+68kgNo reserves/substitutes
openNo reserves/substitutes
kataNo reserves/substitutes
kata teamNo reserves/substitutes
kumite team2

2.9 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.10 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.11 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

3. REGISTRATION
Please refer to the 7. Individual Sports in the General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics, for further details on registration.

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the World Karate Federation (WKF).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Francesco Faraone - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
AHMET Şan (Turkey) - Karate WKF Chief Referee
AYHAN Özkurt (Turkey) - Karate WKF Representative
MUHARREM Baştürk (Turkey) - Deaf Representative

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Francesco Faraone - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
AHMET Şan (Turkey) - Karate WKF Chief Referee
CENAB TURKERI (Turkey) - Karate WKF Chief Judge

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the WKF (version: Kumite & Kata Competition Rules). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations, General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics and this Karate Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the WKF Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the WKF Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the WKF Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaflympics Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the WKF Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the WKF Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Whereever possible, officials will posses the WKF international license valid for 2017. However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committe will appoint Karate WKF Chief Referee and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Technical Director will make a determination.

5. VENUES

5.1 Competition Venue
To be announced

5.2 Training Venue
To be announced

6. SCHEDULES

6.1 Competition Schedule
To be announced

6.2 Training Schedule
To be announced

6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location
To be announced

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is not allowed in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone Area
The restricted zone area is in effect at the moment the athlete enter the competition area during the warm-up and competition periods.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.

8. PROTESTS

8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the WKF Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100 must be given to the ICSD Technical Director within 0 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Technical Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Technical Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Technical Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaflympics Headquarters.

9. ADDENDUM

9.1 Grade
Contestants shall be the holder of black belt (1st Dan or more) standing.

9.2 Draw (reference: 4.6)
The drawing of lots shall be conducted under control of the Technical Committee within one (1) day prior to the first day of competition.

9.3 Competition Plan (reference: 4.7)

9.3.1 Duration of Contest
The duration of the contest shall be three (3) minutes for men and two (2) minutes for women.

9.3.2 Timing of Bout
The timing of the bout starts when the referee gives the signal to start, and stops each time the referee calls "YAME".

9.3.3 Visual Signals (reference: 4.4)
The timekeeper shall give visual signals by a clearly audible gong or buzzer, indicating "10 seconds to go" or "time up". The "time up" signal marks the end of the bout.

9.4 Weigh-in
• Weigh-in of the contestants for each competition day shall be completed on the previous day of the relevant competition.

• During weigh-in, the male contestant shall wear underpants and the female contestant shall wear underpants and brassiere. However, weigh-in may be conducted in the nude in the case that the contestant wishes to do so.

• Weigh-in shall be made once, however one more weigh-in is granted within the time limit to any contestant who did not qualify the first time.

• So as not to be disqualified during official weigh-in, scales identical to the official one shall be provided at the contestants’ place of accommodation or at the arena for pre-weigh-in.

9.5 Bout Stoppage Procedure for Referees
If the contestant is not aware that the mat referee is stopping the bout, then the referee is obliged to put his or her hand on the contestant’s shoulder.