Young Karatekas Make Botswana Proud

| May 18, 2015

Champions Karate Club has brought home seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the South Africa Open championship-Bulls challenge league held in Pretoria on Saturday (May 16).

The one-day tournament pitted players of all ages from five to 45 and all belts from white to black. In an interview, Sensei Thato Malunga said their club participated in the tournament to give the children all aged below 11, exposure and experience in international tournaments.

Malunga explained that the tournament was of a world class standard and World Karate Federation (WKF) rules applied throughout the competition.

“We expected to only get three medals out from a team of nine kids because it was their first time competing abroad. Surprisingly, we got 11 medals. We underestimated these children I guess. Now, because of the results we can’t really say the tournament was that difficult but we were impressed by the officiating because they were fair,” Malunga said.

She further said their team showed tremendous performance as they outclassed their opponents fairly good. Loeto Morapedi managed to get double gold on the day hence the best performer of the day.

Ame Khunwane won gold in kumite and silver in Kata, Leo Morapedi, Tshepo Sekela, Warona Dedede and Lebone Mosupiemang managed to get gold medals.

Lame Rannowane got silver and Tumisang Rannatshe won a bronze. Bongani Gumbo was awarded participation medal after failing to proceed to the medal zone. Dedede and Rannowane were the only two girls in the team.

Furthermore, Malunga was confident of a bright future for their club members saying “the kids have a bright future ahead of them. The club is intending to give them more international exposure more than local experience. Our target is to have at least three athletes in the next Africa youth games in 2018,” she said.

Meanwhile, the team left for Pretoria on Friday and arrived back home yesterday afternoon. Other club instructors are Tsholofelo Maduma and Mpho Bosenakitso.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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