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Federation postpones karate championships postponed

The World Karate Federation (WKF) says due to coronavirus the 25 edition of the Karate World Championships has been postponed to November 2021.

The last edition of the championships was held in Madrid, Spain, in 2018 and attracted nearly 1 200 athletes from 131 countries, including Botswana.

It was the event’s record-breaking tally of participation in the most anticipated event of the sport and Botswana was amongst the attendees.

In a recent interview with Botswana Karate Association, Sensei Isaiah Ramotshonyana said it was a blessing in disguise as the world championship were more competitive and required more time for preparations.

“Karatekas did not have much time to prepare and as Botswana Karate Association we did not finish the national team selections so that on its own communicates that we were not ready,” he said.

Ofentse Bakwadi was amongst the karatekas that participated in the last edition under the individual kata category.

For his part, Bakwadi said WKF’s decision was characteristic of good leadership by  ensuring that athletes around the world were safe.

“The effects of COVID-19 have not spared any sport, but as an athlete eyeing the Olympics it’s been difficult and catastrophic,” he added.

One of the national team karatekas, Lemogang Koolopile said the World Karate Federation had taken a good decision to postpone the tournament considering the fact that the world has been on lockdown due to the pandemic.

“The world championships would have been five months away and still there are restrictions to abide by.

Preparations financially and physically would have been limited, and now we are going to have more time to prepare as it has been postponed,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Gorataone Mmolotsi

Location : GABORONE

Event : INTERVIEW

Date : Jun 29 Mon,2020

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