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BOKA contemplates changing styles

BOKA to benchmark in Australia, Egypt, Senegal

The newly amended Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) constitution will address the lack of cohesion in styles which are said to be hampering the sport’s growth.

BOKA who assembled for their Special General Meeting (SGM) last Saturday in GICC where they endorsed an interim committee led by Sensei David Mathe, has lamented that the inconsistency in styles are a challenge, so far the karate body has eight affiliates and each has its own style it subscribes to.

“We have issues with many of our styles which at times cause failure for some to participate at some tournaments, but remember at the end of the day the sport will suffer and that’s the issue I want to address .’’ Mathe said.

According to Sensei Mathe, there are some clauses in the soon to be implemented constitution that will try to curb the mushrooming of styles. “Proposals have been made; others are calling to consider registering new styles only, not existing ones to avoid duplication and to add value to the sport. Others want us to follow the international standard of allowing only a certain number of styles to affiliate.’’

The main styles in BOKA are JKA/ Shoto Kan, Gujo Ryo and Shito Ryu which have five constituents; Kofukan, Hayashi ha, Mabuni, Runshi kan and Shiko kai. These styles are said not to be adding no significance to karate as they fail to produce quality karatekas who can represent the nation.

The current national team is made up by athletes from Shito Ryu style only, “Six of the members from the men’s national team are from Kofukan and one is from the Hayashi Ha while the ladies national team is made up by Shito Ryo members only,” Sensei George Tshikare, a karate coach said.

This according to technical experts is a cause for concern and should be looked into with immediate effect because “these styles don’t bring anything to karate as their karatekas fail to impress the national team selectors’’.

Mathe said they will benchmark in other countries where the sport has grown significantly. “For now we are considering Australia, Egypt and Senegal because they have proven that they are forces to reckon with in the sport,’’ Mathe said.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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