Lilongwe: Director of Sports in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Jameson Ndalama has commended the Japanese Embassy for supporting different sporting activities in the country.
He said this Sunday during to the second Karate championship which was organized by the Japanese Embassy at Crossroads Hotel in Sapitwa Great Hall in Lilongwe.
The Embassy of Japan is playing a great role in promoting sporting activities including Karate in the country and this has increased the number of sports games in the country, hence this gives an opportunity to people who do not like other sports like football and netball to have a choice of sport to participate, he pointed out.
Ambassador of Japan to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa said that this year’s championship had improvements comparing to the last year’s event which was first of its kind to happen in the country.
I am excited to see this year’s championship’s new developments in performance and patronage as compared to the first championship, and I have appreciated the hard work and passion which Malawi Karate-kas have shown and the increase in number of participants, she explained.
Yanagisawa applauded the readership of Karate instructors from various Karate schools in the country for promoting the sport through establishing Malawi Karate Federation, saying that Karate sport has been fast growing in the country as compared to other African countries.
The Ambassador said that the Embassy of Japan will continue supporting martial arts sports including; Karate, Judo and Kendo in the country.
She said she is confident that through Karate championships more people in the country would have an interest to join karate sport saying that the sport teaches people to be polite, morale and respectful to others and she says these contributes to the growth health of the youth while making them to become responsible citizens of the country.
The kid’s category champion Sattu Dogani aged six told Mana that he was happy to be Karate champion, saying that he was not expecting to win the match as it was tough to win.
I am happy that I have taken up a first position in Kids category which is something that I did not expect, he said.
Dogan said that it took efforts of self discipline, intensive training and self confidence for him to win the match.
Over 79 Karate-kas (Karate practitioners) from Lilongwe, Blantyre and Salima particitaed in the event.
The contest was involved by Karate-kas of Shotokan (style of Karate) where they competed in performing Katas (Karate forms) in categories including; one Category for kids and three categories for adults.
In addition the martial artists also displayed fighting demonstrations known as ‘Kumite’ where 2 out of 10 players in including 2 Karate-kas from Japan were fighting against each other.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA