Tokyo 2020 their aim

2016-07-13 06:00
TROPHY winners of the development karate tournament, Boitumelo Molale of the Maboloka Primary School (left) and Calista Dunn of Eunice Primary School, with Sensei Ian Le Roux (technical director of the Mangaung Metro Karate Federation) and Zola Thamae, director of Community Sport Free State).  Photo supplied

TROPHY winners of the development karate tournament, Boitumelo Molale of the Maboloka Primary School (left) and Calista Dunn of Eunice Primary School, with Sensei Ian Le Roux (technical director of the Mangaung Metro Karate Federation) and Zola Thamae, director of Community Sport Free State). Photo supplied

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THE Mangaung Metro Karate Federation (MMKF) hopes to have representation in the South African team to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sensei Thabiso Booi, president of the federation, said he would be happy to have representation from the club. He was commenting on the good attendance at the annual Youth Games of the Mangaung Metro Sports Council staged at the Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre to mark National Youth Day on 16 June. The one-day event was supported by the Free State Karate Federation and a number of the city’s top Dojo and karate instructors.

“We hope to have at least one athlete from Mangaung in the South African team going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Karate is alive and well in Mangaung and we urge all clubs to partner with the organisation in making Tokyo 2020 a reality for our athletes. Sport has always had the power to bring people together, and the inclusion of karate at the 2016 MM Youth Games once again was a huge success,” said Booi.

His hope was raised by development trophy winners Calista Dunn of the Eunice Primary School and Boitumelo Molale of the Maboloka Primary School.

The vision of the MMKF is to raise the standard of karate to be one of the competitive sports and equip a new generation of elite athletes, instructors and administrators in local communities through increased accessibility to world-class training and administration to the benefit of athletes.

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