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After a two year break, Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) will host Karate Championship comeback on the 26 February 2022 at BOKA hall, Gaborone. Speaking to WeekendSport, Botswana Karate Association President, Tshepho Bathai, said they are anticipating a large turnout of athletes for the Championship. He said the reason is mainly because the Championship has been on hold for the past two years.

He said they are expecting athletes from the age of 16 years upwards, male and female alike to participate in the Championship. Bathai said they are expecting national teams from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia teams to also partake in the Championship. The three countries have shown much interest in being part of the Championship. The BOKA president said they are currently in talks with Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) regarding the possible participation of athletes from outside Botswana who want to part of the Championship.

Bathai pointed out that they have high hopes in Botswana athletes, “Botswana has always been number one in Karate Championship. Things might change this time around, the main reason being the fitness state of our athletes. When comparing our athlete’s fitness with that of South Africans it might look like South African athletes are advance. South Africa has long opened for sports and their athletes have been training since, they have been active way before us. None the less I am happy with our athletes, we have so much faith in them that they will do well.”

Bathai pointed out that they do not have a national team yet but the Championship is a platform where athletes will obtain points that will qualify them for the national team. Bathai said the Karate National team will officially be announced on the 1st May 2022. He highlighted that they do not and have never had price money as part of their athletes’ packages for the past 40 years of their existence. He pointed out that Karate is unique when compared to other sport codes because it is all about character building and discipline more than anything else.

However, Bathai pointed out that they are currently in talks to discuss if at all it is time for price money to be included as part of package for athletes or not. Molepolole Chief, Kgosi Kgari Sechele III will officially open Karate Championship. The BOKA president encouraged and invited the public to come and support their athletes in great number. He highlighted that they will comply with the Covid-19 protocol at all time.

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