A strong contingent of 40 national karatekas has left for Maputo, Mozambique to participate in the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 championship.
A 40-member team composed of 31 athletes and 9 officials will represent Zimbabwe in semi- contact karate at the championships against 7 other countries from the region.
The team, which has been training at the Alexandra Sports Club in the capital, received a boost from a local company of protective gear and equipment on the eve of their departure for Maputo.
Guest of honour, Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Communications Officer Tirivashe Nheweyemba commended the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) for winning the ANSA Sports Administration Award of the Year 4 times in row for being organised and compliant with SRC statutes and SRC Act.
“We appeal to other sports associations to emulate ZKU and court sponsorships and increase revenue streams,” said Nheweyemba.
Sponsors, Africabet CEO Brian Makwavarara said they are proud to be associated with ZKU and were happy to continue supporting the karate union.
ZKU chief referee Sensei Eugene Moodie said Zimbabwe has immense talent and will only maximise it with the right support.
Countries expected to compete at the Region 5 championship include Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and hosts Mozambique.
The championships will be held in Maputo on the 23rd and 24th of June.