THE Zimbabwe So-Kyokushin Karate-Do Organisation will for the second year running host the prestigious All Africa So-Kyokushin Championships at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex on August 6 this year, with over a hundred karatekas from the continent expected to participate at the event.
BY TAWANDA TADERERA
A one-day event, the All Africa So-Kyokushin karate tournament, will see participants competing in different weight categories which are the juniors, senior women and senior men as they battle it out for top honours.
So far top karatekas from Malawi, Swaziland, Botswana, DRC and South Africa have confirmed their participation in the event which Zimbabwe successfully hosted last year.
Saiko Sensei (head of all instructors in the style) Samson Muripo, who in 2009 became the only African to be crowned World Champion is one of the organisers and he promised a top notch event.
“We are going to host yet another big event in the history of karate for the second time and we are expecting it to be the greatest event ever held in Zimbabwe. This event will help us to measure our capacity in terms of people participating in karate,” said Muripo.
Muripo said the tournament was a platform for the participants from different countries to learn and embrace the talent within the continent.
“Hosting the championships for the second time is a great opportunity for the local fighters to have a feel of a competition showcase and get the much-needed experience,” he said.