Local karateka seeks funding

HARARE - Local karateka, Christopher Masauso is appealing for funds that he can be able to travel to Senegal next month to represent Zimbabwe at the 15th Senior Ufak Championships.

The competition is going to run from 14 to 16 August in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

Masauso, who returned from Zambia last week where he won two bronze medals at a Zone VI competition, is looking for at least $1 500 to cover his airfares and accommodation in Dakar.

“I’m looking for sponsorship so that I can be able to travel to Senegal for the Ufak Championships where all African countries will be represented,” Masauso told the Daily News.

“The cheapest air ticket to Senegal is costing $960 and for my accommodation and together with accommodation it will come to $1 500.

“It is my hope that we will find people who are willing to finance us because this exposure at such international tournaments helps us to be better fighters.”

With his recent success in Zambia, Masauso, who fights in the Under-75kg kumite division, believes he can bring back home more medals if he secures the funding to travel to Senegal.

“I expect to win more medals in Senegal if I can get the funding. I have been training hard and I’m fully prepared for the challenge that I will find at this competition.”

The Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) is supposed to send a number of fighters to Dakar but they are currently facing a funding crisis as they are not getting any support from the government.

In the end, karatekas have to run around and look for alternative funding for them to travel for regional and international competitions.

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