10 Sep 2017 14:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, Freddy Mwiya has praised the inclusivity in local karate.
Mwiya said unlike in the past when there were only a few people interested in karate, participants of all races and colour are currently taking part.
He was speaking to Nampa on Saturday on the sidelines of the annual karate national championship held at The Dome in Swakopmund.
The administrator said he is also happy that the sport code has been growing since 2014, as more regions started participating bringing the total to 11 regions.
In 2017 alone, the two Kavango regions and Otjozondjupa joined the sport, presided by //Kharas in 2014 and Hardap last year.
The rest of the regions represented at the Saturday event are Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Zambezi, Erongo and Khomas.
This is one sport we can say there is transformation, the standard has grown.
He advised the Namibia Karate Union (NAKU) find a permanent sponsor so they are able to host more competitions and grow the sport better.
They should not only rely on Government financing and temporarily sponsorship, but finding a company that can commit to sponsoring karate is ideal, he said.
More than 40 junior and senior males and female karateka from the 11 regions completed in the one day championship.
They won gold, silver and bronze medals in kumite and kata.
Kumite is roughly defined as punching, while kata involves kicking.
Some of the overall winners are Mayvonne Swart, cadet female who took gold in kata and kumite in the 14-15 age category.
Nathan Muller also took two gold in the 10-11 years category while Katelin Martin dominated 18-20 years under 61 kilograms.
Other winners who won two gold medals are Freddy Mwiya Junior, Stefan van der Merwe, Jewel Slinger, Ndapewa Nendongo and Michael Nakapandi.
The Secretary General of NAKU, Rowan Carstens said the next competition will be held in Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region.
Khomas hosted the championship last year.