Former karate world champion Jonathan Horne will be the new national coach and will succeed Thomas Nitschmann, who resigned at the end of the year.
The 33-year-old will be the head coach for women and men as well as for the U21 age group in the Kumite duel discipline, as announced by the German Karate Association (DKV). Horne’s assistants will be Alexander Heimann and Mark Haubold.
“It’s a great honor for me to hold this position and I’m excited to give something of my experience back to the federation, but also to the athletes,” said Horne. “Our goal is to establish a long-term team that fights for medals internationally.”
Horne suffered a serious injury to his right elbow at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and had to retire. Since then, the multiple European champion from Kaiserslautern has not contested an official fight. The German Kumite team is currently in transition. Among others, top athletes Noah Bitsch and Jana Messerschmidt retired in December.