Combat Sports World Cup
Combat Sports World Cup, fourteen Canadian university athletes will represent Canada in the 2022 FISU World University Combat Sports World Cup, which will be place in Samsun, Turkey, from September 21-30. Canada has competitors participating in both boxing and karate, two of the six sports represented in the championships. Sean Finnigan of Crandall University leads the three-man boxing roster.
Finnegan, a third-year history student, just received a Gold Medal in the Brampton Cup in Brampton, Ontario, in July at the Combat Sports World Cup. Finnigan is also a Canadian National Champion and the 2020 Canadian Armed Forces Athlete of the Year.
Maximus Tomines and Isaiah Haya, both from Crandall University, round up the Canadian boxing contingent. Karim Ghaly of the University of Ottawa and Claudia Laos Loo of Simon Fraser University lead the 11-person karate roster at the Combat Sports World Cup. Ghaly, who is originally from Giza, Egypt, is Canada’s top-ranked individual kata prospect. The third-year engineering student won gold in Chile in the 2019 World Junior Championship. While representing Egypt, the 20-year-old was also named African senior champion in 2021.
Laos Loo, a native of Lima, Peru, moved to British Columbia to pursue a medical and health degree at Simon Fraser University at the Combat Sports World Cup. With a No. 1 national ranking in solo kata, the 23-year-old recently finished sixth in the 2022 Senior Pan American Championships in Willemstad, Curaçao. In February, Laos Loo won gold in the 2022 Karate Canada Senior Team tryouts in Calgary.
The Team Canada Karate roster also includes nine additional karate student-athletes at the Combat Sports World Cup.
Fernando Aguilera of UBC, Yahya Alem of HEC Montréal, Ahmed Mouloudj of Université de Montréal Polytechnique, Alexandre St-Arneault of HEC Montréal, Hassan-Khalid Zakaryaa of McGill, and Shon Zinger of York University round up the men’s team.
Mélissa Baillargeon of Université Laval, Christina Lemoyne-Elliott of Université de Montréal, and Yasmine Mokarnia of Cegep Marie-Victorin complete the Canadian women’s team at the Combat Sports World Cup.
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