Spanish kata duo Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero, who currently lead the women’s and men’s world rankings, are also set to be in action.

A total of 669 competitors took part in the 2016 event, with the 2015 tournament, held in the city of Almere, attracting 551 karatekas.

Fans of the sport, which was added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme last year, will be able to watch the action from Rotterdam on the WKF television channel.

Exact details of the coverage has not yet been revealed but the sport’s worldwide governing body are set to broadcast bronze medal and gold medal bouts of every Karate1 Premier League event of the season.

Following the competition in Rotterdam, the series is due to head to Dubai from March 31 to April 2.