A team of six karatekas and two delegates left Namibia yesterday to participate in the upcoming African Karate Championships which will be held December 2-5 in Cairo, Egypt.
Speaking at the official naming and kicking off ceremony on Friday at the Namibia Sports Commission, Namibian Karate Union (NKF) President Marchelle de Jager said the team was delighted to go compete again after their planned trip was disrupted by Covid-19.
âWe are very excited because over the past two years our schedule has been severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. So we see this as a great opportunity and as a breakthrough to do what we love and participate at this level, âshe added.
âWe have prepared in recent years, by organizing training camps, zoom sessions; literally anything you can think of. I believe our athletes are in top form and will do their best and make us proud of this competition.
Also speaking at the same event, NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said he believed the team would compete and give their all.
He encouraged athletes to be patient with officials as the rules have changed.
âThere are experienced athletes who have participated in this competition before, and we also have new athletes on the team. We expect the team to do their best. So those who have competed at this point before, I think with your experience you will be able to lead the whole team through, âhe observed.
Freddy Mwiya Jr, one of the athletes who will participate in this event, said he was ready to put in a great performance.
âI’ll be in the senior U / 17 division, and this will be my second senior division. The first time wasn’t really good, but now I’m ready to show what Namibia really has, âhe continued.
The other karatekas are Justin Scholtz, Jewel Slinger, Merziaana Mouton, Ronja Porteus and Suzelle Pronk.
The coach and team managers are Llewellyn Manale and De Jager.