Africa Bet partners Zim Karate

HARARE - Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) yesterday received sponsorship worth $10 000 from a local betting company Africa Bet which is set to go towards the association’s National Karate Champion of Champions Tournament scheduled for Harare later this month.

ZKU was racing against time to secure sponsorship for their annual tournament held at the end of every year until Africa Bet came to their rescue paving way for the event to take place on December 17, in the capital.

The tournament will see athletes from all age groups from across the country taking part.

There shall be various age categories in kumite and kata competition of the semi-contact showpiece while in the full contact showdown men and women will exchange kicks and blows in various weight categories of kumite.  

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony yesterday Africa Bet general manager, Tarisai Chipamaunga said they were happy to partner karate. 

“We as Africa Bet have seen it fit to sponsor karate largely because they don’t normally get the support. In most cases it’s soccer but we have chosen karate because we felt they are an important sport just like others,” Chipamaunga said.

“So we are partnering the ZKU for their 2016 edition of the National Karate Champion of Champions. Basically we are providing medals, their protective gear, tournament venue, participation certificates and allowances for athletes and officials among other things. ”

Chipamaunga said it will be an annual sponsorship adding that efforts to sponsor other sporting codes are also at an advanced stage.

ZKU president Joe Rugwete said the support was a massive boost for them.

“The ZKU is delighted, humbled and privileged to have this opportunity to embark on a landmark partnership with Africa Bet in an economy like ours,” Rugwete said. 

“It’s not easy to secure sponsorship from the corporate world. The timing of this investment into sport could not have come at a better time as the athletes continue to seek tangible rewards such as medals from competing.”

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