Karate cup a chance for girls and women to shine

Post - - SPORT - DHIRSHAN GOBIND

IN­TER­EST­ING times lie ahead for the lo­cal karate fra­ter­nity with nu­mer­ous mar­quee events tak­ing place in the last quar­ter of the year .

This week­end will see the re­turn of the an­nual Karate South Africa (KSA) Women’s Cup, which will be run in con­junc­tion with the De­vel­op­ment Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. Both events will be held at the Ton­gaat In­door Sports Cen­tre.

The Women’s Cup is an event aimed at show­cas­ing fe­male karate tal­ent in var­i­ous age cat­e­gories.

The Sho­tokan Karate In­ter­na­tional South Africa’s (Sk­isa) Zahra Kader, who is one of the high­est ranked kata and ku­mite karatekas, from their Moun­tain Rise, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, gym, is look­ing for­ward to the event.

“I am ex­cited. It is al­ways an hon­our to com­pete against the best. It will also be a great prac­tice run for big­ger events on the hori­zon,” said Kader.

Her sis­ter and fel­low par­tic­i­pant, Aabidah, also har­bours hopes of a good show­ing at the event.

“I am hop­ing to achieve some­thing spe­cial at the Cup and make my par­ents proud. It will be an event to re­mem­ber for us,” she said.

Hana Jeremiah, an­other Sk­isa en­trant, said she loved see­ing how the tour­na­ment helped with the de­vel­op­ment of fe­male karatekas.

Ac­cord­ing to “Shi­han” Brando Pillay, a tech­ni­cal con­vener of KSA and Sk­isa, and the event or­gan­iser, the week­end’s ac­tion is likely to un­earth karates’s next big stars.

“Our aim with the Women’s Cup is to pro­mote and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal fe­males who could rep­re­sent the coun­try in the fu­ture,” said Pillay.

The for­mer Proteas coach will also be head­ing up the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Karate Cham­pi­onships in Dur­ban at the Olive Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 2.

“Twenty-three coun­tries will be com­pet­ing in that event. My du­ties will in­clude team se­lec­tions and man­ag­ing tech­ni­cal is­sues,” said Pillay.

“Apart from much-needed ex­po­sure for the sport and Dur­ban through the stag­ing of the tour­na­ment, jobs will also be cre­ated.

“Karate is a mag­nif­i­cent ve­hi­cle for hu­man re­la­tions.

“It also teaches dis­ci­pline, which is much needed in to­day’s so­ci­ety, and it also ob­vi­ously helps teach you self-de­fence,” he added..

Sis­ters Aabidah and Zarah Kader and Hana Jeremiah are look­ing for­ward to their up­com­ing karate com­mit­ments.

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