Zim Karatekas' Japan trip in limbo

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) is struggling to secure funding to facilitate the travel of five karatekas to the All Japan Karate Senshuken Taikai (Championship) this weekend.

Zimbabwe is set to send a five-member team, which includes the country’s top karateka Sensei Samson Muripo, Naison Chituwa, Lovemore Nyamutswa, Admire Chingozhoro and coach Kumbirai Musinami to the event.

ZKU had to postpone the team’s departure for the East Asian island which was set for yesterday as they only had money for two tickets.

“We have secured tickets for two karatekas but we are still looking for three more tickets which is $2 500 per person,” Musinami told the Daily News yesterday.

“If we fail to get the other three tickets in time, we are going to send the two, but for now we are still hoping to get something later today (yesterday) or tomorrow morning (today).

“We were supposed to travel today (yesterday) or on Tuesday but we are still looking for funds.

“If we fail to secure sponsorship we are going to select, who is going and who is not going but for now everyone in the team still has a realistic chance of travelling.

Musinami appealed to the corporate sector to chip in to bail out the team.

“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,” he said.

“In terms of preparations; everyone is now ready for the tournament.

“I think we have done everything in terms of preparing for the event.

“Judging by the results from our previous engagements at 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.”

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