The Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) has paid tribute to the great strides made in the development of karate in Zimbabwe as evidenced by the successes in several major international competitions in recent years.
The positive comments came at the Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s Karate Cup held at the City Sports Centre.
The karate tournament brought together hundreds of fighters from different styles last Saturday.
The guest of honour at the tournament, SRC Director General, Retired Colonel Charles Nhemachena said it is encouraging to note the rate at which karate is developing in light of the achievements garnered on the global arena in recent years and the staging of big tournaments such as the Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s Cup.
â€œKarate has done exceptionally well for the country. Samson Muripo became the first African world champion in 2009 and other fighters have done well in world tournaments, and by staging tournaments such as this Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s Cup, it shows the commitment in developing the sport,â€ said Retired Colonel Nhemachena.
Zimbabwe Karate Union president, Joe Tugwete said theyâ€™ll not slow down in their endeavour to continue elevating Zimbabwe to the very summit on the international scene, while expressing delight at the number of karatekas who participated at the Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s Karate Cup.
â€œThe attendance has been very encouraging. We have fighters from all over the country participating and itâ€™s a positive sign of the growth of the sport,â€ Tugwete said.
The Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s Cup is one of the biggest karate tournaments on the local calendar as it encompasses a diverse number of fighters from different karate styles.