Namibian Karate Team Leaves for Zone Six Games in Zambia

Seven nations are set to compete in this year’s Zone Six Karate Games, which start in Zambia on Saturday. The games end on Tuesday.

Speaking to Nampa here on Tuesday, Freddie Mwiya of the Oshakati Karate Club pointed out that the seven countries are Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and the host Zambia.

Namibia will be represented by 51 karatekas.

Mwiya said these competitors came from different clubs all over the country.

“These are the best karate members in Namibia who managed to form part of the national team of Namibia,” he noted.

Leonard Martin is the team’s head coach, Mwiya is the assistant coach and Rowan Carstens is the team manager.

Mwiya noted that all of the Namibian karate masters with at least 20 years of experience form part of the team. Namibia came second behind the overall winner, South Africa during last year’s Zone Six Games.

“This year Namibia plans to improve its standing again,” he stated, adding that Namibia will be g in the eight to 17 year category as the country is known to be the best in that category.

Mwiya said a karate referee’s course will also be conducted by the World Karate Federation during the championship, and Rechi Husselman will be the only Namibian referee attending that course.

Rosetta Leopoldt and Getrude Mwiya will serve as Namibian officials at the event.

“This will be a good experience for Namibia in terms of karate administration and management,” Mwiya said.

The government is the only sponsor of the karate team, and will be providing transport, while members have to pay for other costs of their trip to Zambia.

“We appeal to our business community to consider investing in karate,” he said.

The team departed for Zambia from Ongwediva at midnight on Tuesday.


Source : The Namibian