Karatekas leave for Japan

HARARE – The Zimbabwe karate team finally left for Japan yesterday via South Africa to take part at the 46th All Japan Karate Senshuken Taikai tournament scheduled for this weekend.

The two-day tournament will run from April 18 to 19 in Shizuoka.

Initially, the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) intended to send five fighters to the tournament but were only able to secure funding for four.

The team will be led by Sensei Samson Muripo, who won a gold medal at the same tournament in 2009.

Muripo will be joined by three other members, Admire Chingozhoro, Naison Chituwa and Lovemore Nyamutswa.

The team left for South Africa aboard an Intercape coach yesterday evening and will connect to Japan later today from OR Tambo International Airport.

Muripo said they would use their struggles to secure funding for the trip as a motivational tool heading into the tournament.

“We are determined to quake the world come the 18th and 19th of April.

We will fly the Zimbabwean flag higher than before and without any shade of doubt,” he said.

“We are always ready for this business (karate); we have lived all our lives for Kyokushin karate. Our philosophy is that we don’t pray for good life, difficult times condition the mind and heart and aspirations will always guide us.”

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