The 2018 Japanese Ambassador Karate Cup held at the Hartmann House on Sunday was a low key affairs compared to previous years with very few competitors participating in the annual tournament featuring both Kumite and Kata as well as the World Karate Federation (WKF) styles.

The tournament attracted less than 50 athletes and one category the open women full contact had a single female competitor Kudakwashe Chiwandire.

Speaking during the closing of the tournament David Tsunakake aka “Sekuru Jabulani Tsuna”, the outgoing Japanese deputy ambassador had everyone in stitches when he read his prepared speech in perfect Shona and urging Zimbabweans to be persistent in order to succeed during the new political dispensation.

He said Zimbabwe has potential judging from the physical strength of the people, mental power, flat agricultural land and vast mineral resources to rise and become an economic giant to reckon with.

Sensei Kumbirai Msunami the ZKU technical director thanked the Japanese for giving the Zimbabwean karatekas an opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in sport and promised Zimbabwe would send athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The winner of women’s Kata open category was Anesu Karadzandima while men’s category was won by Emmanuel Sithole.

The women’s Kumite was won again by Anesu Karadzandima, while full contact went to sole entry Kudakwashe Chiwandire who also competes in the kick-boxing and boxing.

Men’s full contact under 67 kg went to Ashton Samhu while under 77kg was won by Lovejoy Mudokwani.