Scribe wins karate tourney

HARARE - Sports reporter Grace Chirumanzu traded her pen and notebook for the ring to emerge victorious during the Africa Bet Champion of Champions karate tournament in the women’s open category.

The tournament, held at the Athenaeum Hall in the capital at the weekend, was organised by the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) in conjunction with the betting house, who bankrolled the event to the tune of $10 000.

Karatekas from varying age groups took to the tatami to showcase their fighting skills in the kumite and kata.

But it was the women open category that stole the limelight with Chirumanzu also going against another fellow scribe Rumbidzai Takawira for honours.

Takawira failed to last the distance and had to settle for third while Chirumanzu went all the way into the final where she met Rutendo Dzvinyamurungu.

Despite Dzvinyamurungu’s stubborn resistance, Chirumanzu was able to prevail over the Kadoma-based karateka to land the championship.

“Every victory is always sweet. I always get to learn something about myself, I realised I have potential in anything I dedicate myself to do whether sport or any dream in life,” Chirumanzu told the Daily News.

“The title itself, Champion of Champion is really inspiring and it will push me to think and act like one in and out of the dojo. My final against a very young fighter from Kyokushinkan dojo was the sweetest. I realised the level of endurance and fighting spirit I have and was proud not only of myself but of my opponent who proved that there is potential in young women in this sport. She’s good and she will be the next big thing in women karate.”

Chirumanzu said she has a lot of people to thank for moulding her career.

“My championship has a lot of people who contributed to it,” she said.

“From my parents and family to my Kyokushin family. I can’t mention them all by name but special mention to my husband Joe Dzikiti and my trainer Sempai Tangai Mighty Mhlanga. Thanks to my Sensei Saiko Samson Muripo for introducing me to this sweet sport.”

In the children’s category, Ruvarashe Makokove claimed first place in the girls 5-7 years section, Christaline Mhosva finished in second place while Angel Ruvarashe was in third place.

Nyasha Kumire claimed gold in the senior men kata competition while David Manjoro won silver with Sean Rodrigues and Dean Ramsey tied in third place.

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