How much is an Olympic gold medal worth?
Well that depends on where you are from. What I can tell you for sure is that no matter how well they do in this year’s Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan, no one from the US will live on Easy Street.
Athletes in the US pocket only $ 37,500 for winning gold.
Because of this, athletes like Henry Cejudo and Kayla Harrison quickly sought careers in mixed martial arts (MMA). Cejudo defended his gold medal in wrestling for a bantamweight title for the UFC, while Harrison piggybacked her judo gold medal for the lightweight crown in the PFL.
Karate practitioners could soon follow suit.
“Karate is celebrating its Olympic debut, it is a historic moment,” announced Karate Combat President Adam Kovacs. “Karate Combat offers anyone who wins the Olympic gold medal in karate a six-figure contract.”
Karate Combat representatives are on site in the “Land of the Rising Sun” and will also recruit selected silver and bronze medalists as well as non-medalists with outstanding achievements.
Both male and female.
“We want Tokyo’s elite karateka to know that their journey doesn’t end here, but that a professional contract is waiting for them if they want to take the next step,” said Kovacs. “There is a long list of boxers who won gold in the Olympics and who have become legends as professionals. Karate fighters have never had this opportunity until now. “
The Olympic Games will host more than 80 karatekas in 37 countries.
Karate Combat returns this Thursday (August 4th) with its sixth event of the third season, in which Reda “The Cobra” Messaoudi fights Vasilii Antokhii and Shanin Atamov fights Bryan van Waesberghe in the main event.
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