NAMIBIAN karateka that participated in the 11th Japanese Ambassadors Karate Championship in Zambia can hold their heads high after winning six medals the prestigious regional tournament.
The Namibian team, although significantly reduced in numbers, was still extremely successful. The six were won by Simone Pieters and Claudette Tiboth who each secured gold; Jamimah and Abia Kaakuha obtained silver while Albertina Tunombili Tshilongo and Anton Lungameni attained bronze respectively.
The 11th Japanese Ambassadors Karate Championship 2020 took place on 12 and 13 December in Lusaka, Zambia and was hosted by Kyokushin Karate Zambia.
Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full-contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama.
The 11th Japanese Ambassadors Karate Championship 2020 was opened by the Zambian Minister of Youth and Sports, The Japanese Embassy and the Mayor of Lusaka.
The event was attended by approximately 400 to 500 Karateka from Angola, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Tunisia, Madagascar, Japan, Germany, and Trinidad.
Although 12 Namibian Karateka from the Namibian Kyokushin Karate Organisation qualified to participate at this prestigious event, only six participants managed to travel by road to Lusaka under the management of coach Sensei Simba Mangaba due to Covid-19 related difficulties.
Karate is known to cultivate both inner quality and physical skills simultaneously, with major health benefits for development of mind and body.