Innocent Kurira, sports journalist
BULAWAYO Provincial Karate Association President Sensei Ndabezinhle Mazibuko said their return to training had been slow, but he was happy with the numbers.
Training began early last month when athletic activities were given the green light to resume.
âIt was slow in the main dojos, but we had a great response from elementary and secondary school children.
âHowever, the exams prevented most of the high school students from retaking as well as the seventh graders.
âUsually in terms of new students we are doing reasonably well, but in terms of old students we have recovered but a good number have yet to resume,â Mazibuko said.
Mondays and Wednesdays, practice sessions take place at the Raylton Sports Club, while the Parkview Sports Club hosts Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
âRight now, the focus remains on training activities, not competitions. New students will need to pay their membership fees and train for free for the first month. The alumni will also go to the dojo for a month of free training, âMazibuko said.
Strict Covid-19 protocols are followed during training and only those who are vaccinated are allowed to practice.
Mazibuko is also the head of the legal committee of the new Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNKF). The federation recently appointed interim provincial committees as it moves forward with plans to build strong structures across the country.
The interim provincial presidents are Tinyiko Halamani (Harare), Rhodesia Mhosva (Mashonaland Central), Prichard Zishumba (Mashonaland East), Simeon Janji (Mashonaland West), Monica Peters (Masvingo), Greatmans Sibanda (Matabeleland North) and Lloyd Mukucha (Midlands) ).