Bollywood superstar, Akshay Kumar, is proud to sponsor the Akshay Kumar Second Invitational National Karate Championships 2010 for the second consecutive year. The free to enter tournament, aimed to promote Karate among India’s youth, will be held at Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai from 28th – 31st October.
The Tournament, organised by Nippon Budo Sogo International India and Nihon Gojuryu Karate-Do Kuyukai India, is the biggest Karate contest in India. Following Akshay’s commitment to youth, the Championships help promote Karate and Martial Arts to the remotest corners of the country and aim to create a platform on which young and budding talent from all over India come together in a world class fighting event.
Akshay Kumar is renowned for his passion for Martial Arts, which he has been practicing since the age of 14. In relation to this year’s Tournament, the superstar says,”I’m very much looking forward to the event. I wish the participants all the best. Focus well and train hard.”
While last year’s turnout saw around 2,400 students participating in the Tournament, this year’s contenders have already crossed 3,000. Eight individual winners will be selected in the Contest and trained to represent India at the International Karate Championship in Japan in 2011. Last year’s winners won one Silver and three Bronze medals at the Championship that was held in Japan in July this year.
With more than 120 films under his belt, Akshay Kumar is recognised as a global ambassador for Indian cinema who continues to build ties with the mainstream. The screen icon has worked alongside the likes of Kylie, Snoop Dogg, Sylvester Stallone and Brandon Routh, all of whom made their Bollywood debuts alongside the international superstar. Akshay has also recently announced a further Hollywood project, producing upcoming film Breakaway, directed by Robert Lieberman and starring Emily Van Camp.