By Skilder Makona
LOCAL kick-boxers have begun preparations for the World Championships scheduled to take place from November 5 to 14 at a venue yet to be announced.
The resumption of kickboxing in the country has been a welcome development for local kick-boxers who have since commenced their preparations for the prestigious World Championships slated for November this year.
Despite months of inactivity due to COVID-19, the athletes are upbeat they will be ready to compete at the world kickboxing fiesta.
“We are very excited to be back it has been a long time. However, we are wasting no time as we prepare for the World Championships late this year. This has been on our minds since but the lockdown measures had hindered our progress. We are very much looking forward to showcase what we have and challenge for honours at the big stage. More so, the game helps us to have discipline and self-defence and it also helps women especially when it comes to self-defence and health issues,” said Walter Chiteto, a Kickboxer
“This time around we are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to bring medals on table. The tournament is not going to be easy but we are putting everything we have to make sure by the time we go there we will ready to compete and challenge the big boys of the game. We will surely show the world that we have talent in Zimbabwe and we can match other top kickboxing countries on the globe,” said Genius Murimi, another Kickboxer.
The extravaganza was initially pencilled for Russia but the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) has confirmed it will move the event from Moscow following the imposition of sanctions on the country by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WAKO indicated a new venue and host will be announced later this month after the completion of a new bidding process, review and Board approval.
By Skilder Makona