Logo Championnats d'Europe de Karaté 2016 - MontpellierIn 2016, France will host the European Senior Karate Championship for the first time in 20 years. This 51st edition will take place from 5 to 8 of May 2016 in Montpellier.

The European Championship, held every year since 1966, is unavoidable for all European athletes, who will compete in the best conditions to win one of 16 awarded titles (12 fights categories and 4 categories kata). This 51st edition, organised in France, will be a milestone in the preparation of the next World Senior Championship that will be held in November 2016 (Austria). Many athletes won’t miss this unique opportunity to confront themselves to European elite.
4 years after the success of the World Senior Karate Championships in Paris 2012, the French Karate Federation takes up the challenge of organising a new international competition. 35,000 spectators are expected to support the 500 competitors representing 50 nations. This major competition of the year will be a popular celebration and the opportunity for French karateka to show their involvement in the development of the discipline.


Montpellier Arena : A new generation multi-purpose venue

© ENJOY Montpellier/Marc Ginot
© ENJOY Montpellier/Marc Ginot

Montpellier Arena is a new generation multi-purpose venue, adjacent to the Exhibition Centre just 2 minutes from the airport Montpellier-Mediterranée.

Since its opening in September 2010, it has been hosting a range of outstanding events including concerts, shows, sports competitions, conferences and conventions.

In sports configuration, it has a capacity of up to 10,000 seats. It has already welcomed main sports events such as European Judo Championships 2014 or European Basket-ball Championships 2015.

Montpellier Arena is located : Rue de la Foire – 34470 PÉROLS


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