Zim Karate team appeals for funding

HARARE - Zimbabwe karatekas, who are set to travel to Japan for the All Japan Karate Senshuken Taikai (Championship) early next month, are struggling to raise $18 000 to finance the trip.

Despite karate being one of the most successful sporting disciplines in the country, local companies and well wishers continue to shun the sport. 

The country’s top karateka Sensei Samson Muripo will be joined by fellow countrymen Naison Chituwa, Lovemore Nyamutswa and Admire Chingozhoro.

Zimbabwe team coach Kumbirai Musinami revealed the karatekas’ plight to the Daily News and said they are now hoping to get support from well-wishers to finance the trip.

“We are looking to raise $18 000 for our airfares. We approached many companies, some promised us but as for now, we are still looking for the money,” Musinami said.

“We are confident that we will manage to raise that money for us to travel, it will be a big letdown to our karatekas if we fail to get the money.

“We are appealing to the corporate world and well-wishers to come and help us. People must know that karate is one of the best sports to support in this country, this is because of our great achievements.”

Musinami said the karatekas have intensified their preparations for the event.

“In terms of the karatekas preparations are going on well infact, I think we have done everything in terms of preparations,” he said.

“From our previous participation in the world tournaments, we have proved that we have good karatekas, we are equally gifted, talented and we are ranked among the best in the world. We have no reason to fear anyone.

“Technically, this tournament is proving to be one of the best world tournaments.

“As a country, we take this event seriously because it is a good platform to rate ourselves.”

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