by WALTER MAFEKING
CHIREDZI, (CAJ News) – LACK of sponsorship, stemming from the misplaced conception that karate encourages indiscipline, is hampering the growth of the sport in Zimbabwe.
This is the view of the country’s most prominent karatekas, sensei (teacher) Spencer Ndlovu, who also raised concern that parents were also discouraging their children from taking up the sport.
As such, youngsters’ talents are going to waste, he told Lowveld Post in an an exclusive interview.
“There are way too many talented kids in Chiredzi when it comes to karate but what keeps this sport unrecognised is lack of sponsorship,” Ndlovu lamented.
He is the founder and trainer at Shotokani Karate Dojo in the southeastern town.
Ndlovu is currently training ten adults and five children at the Chitsanga Hall in Chiredzi and another group of ten adults at Chishamiso Hall in Hippo Valley Estates.
“If sponsors chip in, we can be able to have these kids I train to participate in bigger competitions which can then expose them to international competitions,” Ndlovu said.
He dismissed the notion that karate encourages indiscipline or bullying.
“In karate, we do not encourage karatekas to be indiscipline and abuse their talent by beating up people, but we teach discipline,” Ndlovu insisted.
“We encourage karate to kids because of self defense as well as helping society against criminals. So, companies should consider assisting us,” he pleaded.
Ndlovu who is a brown belt holder has scooped many medals, including silver at team championships tournament in Bulawayo in 2013 and bronze in the 2014 at Champions of Champions competitions in Harare.
- CAJ News