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Fourteen Canadian University athletes will don the Maple Leaf, representing Canada at the 2022 FISU World University Combat Sports World Cup held in Samsun, Turkey from September 21-30.

Of the six disciplines included at the championships, Canada has athletes competing in both boxing and karate.

In boxing, Crandall University’s Sean Finnigan headlines the three-man roster.

Finnegan, a third-year history student recently won a Gold Medal at the Brampton Cup this past July in Brampton, ON. Finnigan was also named the Canadian Armed Forces Athlete of the Year in 2020 and is a Canadian National Champion.

Rounding out the Canadian boxing contingent is Maximus Tomines and Isaiah Haya, both hailing from Crandall University.

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In Karate, Karim Ghaly of the University of Ottawa and Claudia Laos Loo of Simon Fraser University headline the 11-person roster competing in karate at the World Cup.

Originally from Giza, Egypt, Ghaly is the top-ranked prospect in Canada in individual kata. The third-year engineering student took gold in the 2019 World Junior Championship in Chile. The 20-year-old was also crowned African senior champion in 2021, while representing Egypt.

Laos Loo, a native of Lima, Peru, took her talents to British Columbia, recently graduating with a medicine and health degree from Simon Fraser University. With a No. 1 national rank in individual kata, the 23-year-old recently represented Canada with a fifth-place finish at the 2022 Senior Pan American Championships in Willemstad, Curaçao. Laos Loo also took gold at the 2022 Karate Canada Senior Team trials held in Calgary in February.

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Nine other karate student-athletes make up the Team Canada Karate roster.

Rounding out the men’s side is 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.

On the women’s side, Mélissa Baillargeon of Université Laval, Christina Lemoyne-Elliott of Université de Montréal and Yasmine Mokarnia of Cegep Marie-Victorin round out the Canadian squad.

See below for full team rosters.


Men's School

Sean Finnegan


Maximus Tomines


Isaiah Haya



men's School

Fernando Aguilera


Yahya Alem

HEC Montréal

Ahmed Mouloudj

Université de
Montréal Polytechnique

Alexandre St-Arneault

HEC Montréal

Hassan-Khalid Zakaryaa


Shon Zinger


Karim Ghaly


women's School

Mélissa Baillargeon


Christina Lemoyne-Elliott


Yasmine Mokarnia

Cegep Marie-Victorin

Claudia Laos Loo

Simon Fraser