New BMKA board ready to get down to business

24 Jun, 2022 - 00:06 0 Views
New BMKA board ready to get down to business Ndabezinhle Mazibuko

The Chronicle

Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter
THE Bulawayo Metropolitan Karate Association (BMKA) has set up a new board led by Ndabezinhle Mazibuko as chairperson.

Mazibuko will be deputised by Elias Mwanaka, with Samson Bhuza as secretary-general and Joseph Temayi filling the treasurer’s portfolio.

Karate

Sensei Greatmans Agrippa Sibanda is in charge of public relations and the media and Bronco Manyathela is a committee member.

The board’s immediate task is to prepare for the Kwekwe Karate Open that will be held in the Midlands city on July 2.

The BMKA intends to send a strong team with athletes drawn from karate clubs operating in Bulawayo such as Kofukan, Saunkai Dragons, Shukokai Karate Academy and Karate Nomichi.

Mazibuko said: “Our Bulawayo athletes are raring to go and we are hopeful that we will bring home a good number of medals.”

His sentiments were echoed by Sibanda, who said all their karatekas are in high spirits and have been training hard for the upcoming Kwekwe tournament.

He said they will be sending about 50 karatekas to the tournament as Bulawayo Province.

Sensei Shepherd Ziwira

The tournament dubbed “Best of the Best,” is hosted by Sensei Shepherd Ziwira, who is the Japan Karate Association of Zimbabwe chief instructor and Midlands Karate Union technical director.

“We are more than excited to have this tournament back.

This is the 10th edition of the competition and we are looking forward to a memorable event.

Karatekas from Masvingo, Triangle, Marondera, Bulawayo and Harare have confirmed their participation,” said Ziwira.

“We are committed to making this event a successful one through adherence to the highest standards of preparation in order to create an ideal atmosphere for all participating teams.

We also assure you that there will be fair play and maximum transparency.

It is our hope that athletes will have a wonderful time with us in Kwekwe, and that they will enjoy interacting with other members of the karate family.”

The karatekas are expected to battle it out in the senior male categories, junior boys’ and junior girls’ categories.

Excelling karatekas will walk away with prizes that include trophies, medals and certificates.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNKF) intends to participate in a number of international events, which include the World Games in Birmingham, England, the UFAK Championship in Bamako, Mali, FISU UWC Combat Games in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and the WKF Cadet-Junior and Under-21 World Championships in Konya, Turkey.— @innocentskizoe

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