ZIMBABWE International Taekwondo Association (Zita) will host the second Africa Taekwondo Championships next month in Harare.
BY TATENDA KUNAKA
The championships are set for May 30 to June 3 at Emerald Hill school for the Deaf.
In an interview with Standardsport, Zita public relations and event director Eyahra Mathazia said Zimbabwe was seconded to host the championships by the continent.
“The event will be a blessing to our local fighters as this is going to enable them to participate in a international event and aim to achieve better standards at that level.
“The event, which will be attended by participants from Asia and Europe, is set to improve the standards of our local participants.
“At the moment, I cannot say how many countries are coming but nine have confirmed participation and we are still waiting for responses from others,” said Mathazia.
Some of the countries that have confirmed participation include South Africa, United States, Nigeria, Korea, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi.
Mathazia added that Team Zimbabwe was working on the final touches to their preparations.
Zita has over 600 members. The association was resuscitated with the help of Taekwondo Federation of Africa (TFA) which is a member of the international governing body, International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) headed by Korean army general Choi Hong Hi.