[By Bright Tembo]
GOVERNMENT has implored Karate federations in the country to provide leadership in the running of the federations.
Ministry of Sports deputy sports director Gibson Muyaule appealed to Karate federations to come up with strategies that would grow the sport in the country.
“I want to implore you (Karate federations) to continue working hard and provide good leadership in the federations. I also appeal that they come up with strategies that will grow the sport in the benefit of Zambians,” he said.
Muyaule also challenged Zambian Karatekas to maintain discipline if they were to achieve their sporting careers.
He said hard work and discipline were the only elements that would help the athletes to achieve their goals.
And Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Ryuta Mizuuchi said Japan would continue helping Zambia in growing the sport in the country.
“Karate, it is, of course, one of Japan’s major traditional martial arts. Ad I understand that Karate was introduced in Zambia as early as the 1970s. I have learned that currently, it is being practiced by about 8,000 Zambians. I hope that Champions in most of the Japanese tournaments will be in Tokyo next year and compete for the Gold medal in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo,” said Ambassador Mizuuchi.