Botswana Kofukan Federation technical committee chairperson sensei George Tshikare has expressed resentment at the low turn-up of this year’s sixth edition of their annual National Youth and Senior championships.
The tournament is one of the four tournaments the federation lines up for the whole year calendar, the others being the Kofukan schools and clubs championships, junior championships and senior championships.
Despite interesting bouts that were lined up at the championships that were hosted at the Botswana College of Agriculture multi-purpose hall, Tshikare attributed the paltry turn up of karatekas to schools Christmas break and lack of proper sponsorship.
The last edition of the tournament was sponsored by Electric Junction which has since pulled out their financial support. He pointed a finger at the leadership of the karate governing body Botswana Karate Association for the current squabbles within the organisation saying no potential sponsor would like to be associated with people who were disorganised.
Tshikare led a successful junior karate team at this year’s historic 2nd Africa Youth Games. He decried the fact that local athletes were bracing for next year’s All Africa Games and lack of tournaments of this nature were worrisome.
On Saturday, the western region represented by Ghanzi region were the only ones who did not make the trip to Gaborone while South, Central and Northern region slugged it out in different categories competing in both team kata, team kumite and individual kata and kumite.
In what was undoubtedly the toast of the day was the senior’s team kumite. High octane action was the order of the day between the north region and south. Former national team sensation Mpho Bosenakitso was in fine form against enterprising youngster Tirafalo Tsimamma in a fight that ended in a stalemate.
In a deciding bout between the two regions Bosenakitso squared off with his old time nemesis Oratile Caiphus but easily inched past the SSKB karateka with an emphatic 4-0 margin. Caiphus had booked a place in the finals after a closely contested tie with One Ntalagwe. The North beat the central region in the finals to become champions.
Another mouthwatering encounter was the under 16-17 male team kumite which was successfully led to a gold medal by the likes of reigning African youth games champion Thabang Setshego, Teto Wakwena and Thebe Duna.
Another national junior team sensation Centy Kgosikoma was in perfect shape in female under 12-15 kata scooping gold.
Source : BOPA
Source : Botswana Daily News