SRC hails Zimbabwe karate

HARARE - The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has commended the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) for the sound grassroots structures which culminated in producing world champions in the mould of Sensei Samson Muripo and most recently Admire Chingozhoro.

Muripo rose to international stardom in 2009 by winning the first international Kyokushinkaikan Karate tournament in Tokyo, Japan after beating Japanese champion Kikuyama Yasumichi.

In April this year, Muripo finished fourth in the All Japan Karate Senshuken Taikai tournament held in Shizuoka.

Last Friday, Chingozhoro engraved his name in the history books after winning a gold medal at the International Open Weight 2nd Sokyokushin Karate Tournament in Iran.

Chingozhoro also finished in the top eight in the All Japanese tourney in April.

“...Sensei Admire’s victory in Iran is testimony that Zimbabwe is now a force to reckon with in Karate and to this extent the SRC appreciates with pride and the honour the distinct tenacity with which the Zimbabwe Karate Union is delivering on one of its mandates of producing world class karatekas,” SRC said in a statement yesterday.

“This is not the first time that we have conquered the world through Karate, and as the Supreme Sports controlling body we are extremely humbled by this endeavour which started off as a grassroots development programme across all our communities. It is in this light that we would like to also encourage other National Sport Associations to emulate Karate whose dividends are there for everyone to see.”

“Once again congratulations to Sensei Admire and the Zimbabwe Karate Union leadership. It is our hope and sincere conviction that this form will be maintained going forward.”

ZKU spokesperson Sensei Kumbirai Musanami also paid tribute to Chingozhoro for his victory.

“To him (Chingozhoro) it’s a reward for hard work in training and shows growth and maturity in the sport of full contact karate,” he said.

“It also shows that Zimbabwe is a powerhouse in full contact karate and has so much talent.”

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