Karate: Sandra Sanchez announces her retirement in 2022

Sandra Sanchez confirm that this 2022 will be the last year I compete. It was a choice he already scored after him Gold in the Olympics And it was announced during his presence on the program In the company Castel La Mancha TV.

“I marked tThree steps to this 2022. Spanish Championship (Lugro, March 25-27), so that people can see me and assign the kata to him; European (May 11-15 in Turkey)Because it’s the last tournament I can travel with the whole team; and the World Games (Alabama, US, July 7-17) “Where I can say goodbye to my competitors around the world and retire from Tatams, leaving my heart,” Sandra Sanchez explained when asked about her possible retirement by Ramon Garcia.

This year, the Olympic champion, along with Jesus del Moral – coach and partner – had decided to leave the Republic of Madrid to move to her home in Talavera de la Reina, where they have mats where they can continue training daily. They needed their space after years of living in a single room at Blume Residence.

The January 23, 2022 reached seven years without getting off the podium in an international competition. On that day in 2015 he won the silver medal in the Paris Premier League. It was the first of 57 consecutive medals he collected that marked the turning point in his career.

He has since won the European Championship six times, the World Cup twice, and the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. On November 2021 re-verified the title of world championWhich he achieved in Madrid in 2018 and completed the triple: Olympic, world and European gold. He holds the Guinness Book of Records and isEstablishes the world ranking for the best female kata karateka all the time.

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At the age of 40, in May he will seek his seventh consecutive European title, but before that he will play with the National in Lugro. “It’s the best opportunity for all my people to see me compete,” he told MARCA in January. “I lived through the Games and the World Cup without an audience, watching on screen how my brother’s friends and family gave all the joy. Now I want to leave my heart on the tatami and gift it to them to thank them for all they’ve done.”

Even if you leave the competition, Sandra will still be associated with karate. He wants to pass on everything that Karate has done to the new generations.

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