Delta Karate Gets 12 Medals From Open Championship

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Delta Karate Academy has bagged six trophies, six gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal from the Gaborone Open International Karate Tournament that was held at University of Botswana Indoors Sports Centre in Gaborone over the weekend.

The competition had brought together five Karate clubs from South Africa, three clubs from Zimbabwe and 11 local clubs. Delta Karate Academy, which is based in Maun was represented by six athletes for Kata and Kumite individual events.

Mphoentle Vania from Leapotswe English Medium school scooped two trophies, two gold medals in individual Kumite and Kata under nine years’ female category.  Jaone Mafoko from the same school  won a trophy, gold medal in individual kumite and silver in individual kata under 11 years’ female category from.

Aone Mhaladi from Sekgoma Primary School scooped one silver medal in the individual kumite, one trophy and gold in individual Kata under 11 female category. Tshepho Ledimo from Leapotswe English Medium School walked away with a trophy, gold medal in individual kata and bronze in individual kumite under 10 male category from.

Tyren Phaladi from Botswelelo Primary School won a trophy, gold medal in individual kumite and kata under 13 years male category. Yaone Kgagamedi from Maitlamo JSS walked away with silver medal in Kata under 14 male category.

In an interview, the academy Instructor Calvin Thuthuka said the performance of the athletes showed hard work and commitment. He stated that they will continue working hard to achieve more of their goals in future.

Meanwhile, the academy will be hosting the 2nd annual Delta Open Karate Championship on the 1st June 2024 at Maitlamo JSS in Maun. The event is expected to bring together 15 clubs around Botswana.

Thuthuka has told Times Sport that the aim of the competition is to grow the sport in the North West region and to show the whole country that the region has talent in all the sporting code. He said Karate is not a popular sport in the region, adding that they intend to bring the large communities in the area to learn and witness the event.

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