More than enough medals for locals

2019-04-23 06:00
Natalie Doran (left) and M.J Li (right)

Natalie Doran (left) and M.J Li (right)

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There was joy and pride as South African Kung Fu Development Squad from Athlone won more than expected in the Hong Kong International Kung-Fu Championships that took place from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 April in China. (“Flying SA colours higher”, People’s Post, April 9).

Ten members of the team from different areas in Cape Town including Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Caledon, Grassy Park and Riviersonderend travelled with high hopes of bringing home a minimum of five medals – and they scooped eight.

The founder and coach MJ Li, competed in the Professional Athletes Division and won three gold medals for Taichi, Weapons and Bare-hand Dual Divisions. Natalie Doran, who competed as the first SA female in Hong Kong, won the gold medal in the ladies beginners division and 11-year-old Saifullah Chafeker won first place in the u.12 category, making up the team’s fifth gold medal.

Muhajir Abrahams (11) finished second with silver, Sinawo Yola (17) competed in the intermediate category and won the team’s second silver medal, and the group gold medal became the team’s sixth gold medal.

“The S.A. Youth Kung Fu Development Squad were wonderful ambassadors of South Africa in Hong Kong and their achievements at the current championships could contribute towards kung fu becoming popular among youth across the country,” Li says. He thanked everyone who supported and also those who welcomed them on their return at the Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday 16 April.

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