This showpiece tournament for the British Kurash Association is the Islam Karimov International Tournament, first staged in Bedford in 2000. This championship, held in conjunction with the IKA and in honour of the President of Uzbekistan, has consistently attracted participants from all over the UK including former Olympic Judo athletes as well as top Kurash practitioners from Uzbekistan and a number of other countries. It is always strongly supported by the Uzbekistan Embassy in London, a fact very much appreciated by the BKA.
The Islam Karimov International Tournament has been held in a number of different venues in the UK including Bedford, Dartford, High Wycombe and London’s prestigious O2 David Beckham Academy and is due for a return this autumn in Bedford. It has twice been awarded the accolade of the IKA’s best championship in its annual awards.