• Karatekas to pick national squad for Games

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Jan 31, 2011-

Kenya’s Karate team to this years’ All African Games in Mozambique will be picked this weekend at the Utalii College in Nairobi.

The men and women will be selected from of a pool of 60 Karatekas selected earlier in the year.

The Kenya Karate Federation chairman Caleb Atemi said the players picked by the National Technical Karate Committee led by the Coach Bon Owiti on Saturday,will also do duty for Kenya at the International Karate Clubs event to be held in Malindi in March 2011.

” We had a very competitive selection tournament for both kumite and kata. Out of 60 karatekas from all over the country we selected 40, 13 of them ladies. February 5th will be the D-Day for the final selection.”

The Malindi international event will offer the Karateka’s an ideal build up for the continental games in September. Pending availability of funds,the Federation hopes to bring in a South African trainer -Sensei Jody Young from to help the national team prepare for its upcoming events.

Young together with the Union of African Karate Federation Technical Director, Peter Brandon conducted a series of Karate Clinics locally last October. 

Meanwhile, the local Karate Body will hold a road race on February 27 to raise funds for the Malindi International Karate Clubs Championship.

The 120km road race will kick off in Mombasa and end in Malindi.

“I hope to get our national athletic hero Paul Tergat and several other great athletes to join the martial artists in the race. Tergat has given us great support since we started our kick drugs out of Kenya campaigns in Malindi in 2009.” Said the KKF Chairman Sensei Caleb Atemi. 

The international karate tournament will be held at the Blue Marlin Hotel.

 

Evelyn Watta

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