‘Delta Open Karate Championship A Success’

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The second edition of the Delta Open Karate Championship that was held in Maun at Maitlamo JSS over the weekend has seen a significant growth attracting over 305 athletes from 14 local karate clubs across the country.

The tournament that was organised by Delta Karate Academy aims to promote the sport in Maun and surrounding areas and to foster community engagement, while also providing opportunities for local talent to showcase their skills.

The clubs that participated in the tournament include Delta Karate Academy, Maun Karate, Tab Karate, Shakawe Karate, Eagles Claw Karate, Eagle Mellon Karate, Thebe Karate, Kagiso Karate, SSKB Karate, Valley Karate, Prison Karate, Gabs Karate, Orapa Karate and Okavango Junior School.

The athletes participated under the seniors, junior and cadet categories in Kata and Kumite. Tab Karate emerged the champions of the tournament, followed by SSKB Karate on the second position while Valley Karate took position three.

In an interview, Delta Karate Academy Instructor Calvin Thuthuka said that the tournament was a success, with overwhelming support from Maun community. Thuthuka has expressed his delight at the event’s outcome, stating that the tournament was a tremendous success, and they are grateful for the support they received from the community and the sponsors.

He noted that the second edition of the tournament further solidified the sport’s presence and encouraged its growth in the region. Thuthuka stated that last year they had 150 athletes participating in the tournament while this year the numbers grew more than two fold to 350.

Thuthuka also appreciated his team for performing well in the tournament as it managed to scoop two gold and four silver and eight bronze medals. He said that his team did not prepare well for the tournament since they were the hosts and had limited time to train the athletes.

Tyren Phaladi from Delta Karate academy has won a bronze medal under the 45kg Kumite Male, Yaone Kgagamedi scooped a silver in the the male 50kg Kumite Male under 14 years while Imane Letsatle won gold under the Kumite Silver Kata Under 8 years Male.

Jaone Mafoko walked away with bronze in Kumite under 12 years 35 kg female, Aone Mhaladi won gold in kata and bronze in Kumite under 12 years 35kg female while Neema Letsatle won a silver in Kata and bronze in the Under 10 open category female. Tshepho Ledimo won bronze in the Kata under 10 open category male while Theo Disepo walked away with a bronze medal in kata and bronze in Kumite under 18 years 45 kg female.

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