Sport Good for Health

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Francistown South Member of Parliament, Wynter Mmolotsi says sports is not about winning but also about improving the athletes’ wellbeing.

Speaking at the Ryushin-Kan karate tournament recently, MP Mmolotsi encouraged karatekas to continue with sports as that would not only benefit them in terms of medals but also important for their health. He said it was a known fact that an active body was a healthy body that kept diseases at bay.

Mr Mmolotsi said sports, particularly karate, instilled discipline among athletes saying this quality will assist in moulding the participants into responsible citizens. “Karate helps athletes to better manage themselves,” he said.

He encouraged the karatekas to work hard because the country needed best athletes who could represent it internationally and make it proud.

The organiser of the tournament, Sensei Agisanang Johnson said the event was aimed at strengthening karatekas from the grass root level and to provide a platform for them to make friends.

He said the tournament, which was the first of its kind in Francistown and even in the country, gave opportunity for two karate styles, Ryushin-Kan and Hayashi-Ha, from different federations under one roof. He said the tournament proves that in Francistown federations and clubs work with each other harmoniously.

Sensei Johnson said the tournament which was a pilot project will be an annual event dubbed Francistown Open Championships. He encouraged parents to bring their children to karate as early as four years so that they continue to sharpen their skills as they grow.

Ryushin-Kan Botswana chief instructor, Sensei Isaiah Ramontshonyana noted that although the tournament is a pilot project, he is confident that it can be registered with Botswana karate Federation to become an annual Francistown Open Championships.

Sensei Ramotshanyana commended Sensei Johnson and Sensei Karabo Madianakedi of Hayashi-Ha Francistown for according the young athletes opportunity to come together.

He said the tournament would help those who had the opportunity to participate in the Gaborone Open Championships to display their skills. Meanwhile in the individual kata ages 5- 6 years, Lentle Dingalo scooped the championship medal while in the boys’ category the gold medal went to Tashata Jeremiah.

In the girls and boys 7-9 years category the championships went to Tisha Jeremiah and Mojalefa Maikano respectively. Tshiamo Nkhwa and Thabang Modise won in the 13-15 years girls and boys category respectively while the 10-12 years category was won by Augustine van Wyk.

In the 16-21 female and male categories, Kutlo Letsholo and Immanuel Bulayani won the championships correspondingly. In the individual kumite, Lorato Olatotse and Wetsho Segola won the 5-6years girls and boys category respectively while the 7-9 girls was won by Lone Boitshoko and Kgotso Maano won the boys category.

Onkemetse Chepete and Theo Botlhole won the 13-15 years girls and boys category correspondingly.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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