Ready for karate championships

2016-07-07 06:00
Tongaat’s Yashveer Jugoo, right, is seen with Protea head coach Brando Pillay with other team members selected to represent USSA in  Portugal (August 2016).  Photo: supplied

Tongaat’s Yashveer Jugoo, right, is seen with Protea head coach Brando Pillay with other team members selected to represent USSA in  Portugal (August 2016). Photo: supplied

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SKISA karate superstar Yashveer Jugoo has been working with Protea head coach Brando Pillay in preparation for the forthcoming World student games 2016 in Portugal.

Jugoo, a highly-ranked KSA national fighter who has represented the Protea team in various international tournaments, has been selected at the USSA trials held at Potchefstroom University (North West Province) after he excelled in the junior open black belt division.

The DUT first year IT student, who regularly practises his karate at the SKISA club in the Tongaat sports centre, is a current champion of KSA /USSA.

He expressed his delight at being selected for the World Student Games in Portugal.

“I am very excited to represent the students of USSA at the world games and I am confident that my colleagues and I will make our universities proud at the said games,” he said.

Protea junior and cadet head coach Brando Pillay, who is also a world karate federation licenced coach, expressed his optimism about his SKISA fighters who are ready to do battle at the games.

“Our SKISA team fighters selected for the world student games have trained very hard and are in top form and I am optimistic that they will bring home the gold medals,” he said.

President of KSA Sonny Pillay Hanshi, who has been appointed head of delegation of the USSA team for the World student games in Portugal, complimented USSA on its selection process and said, “With karate expected to be shortly announced as an Olympic sport, it is vitally important that karate continues to be vigorously promoted at our universities throughout the country.” The USSA team will be coached at the world student games in Portugal by Sensei Johan Van Tonder of the Potchefstroom University Karate Club.

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