De­fence mar­tial arts teams win ku­dos

Daily Nation Newspaper - - INSIDE SPORTS - By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

DE­FENCE forces mar­tial arts clubs, Green Buf­faloes and Green Ea­gles have been ex­tolled for pro­mot­ing women par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport.

Zam­bia Mar­tial Arts As­so­ci­a­tion (ZaMAA) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Moodlee Chola said Buf­faloes and Ea­gles had pro­duced many fe­male karatekas that have per­formed well in the ZaMAA league.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Chola said the de­fence forces had been ex­cep­tional in rais­ing the bar for women in the men’s dom­i­nated sports dis­ci­plines.

“Their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the league has brought high level of com­pe­ti­tion which has seen many clubs im­prove their karate skills. We have recorded an in­creased women par­tic­i­pa­tion be­cause of the two clubs which not only rely skills but are also dis­ci­plined,” he said.

He urged other clubs to con­sider re­cruit­ing more women as fe­males also had the abil­ity to win medals for Zam­bia.

“Women need en­cour­age­ment to fully re­alise their po­ten­tial. They have a role to play in im­prov­ing the stan­dard of sports in the coun­try, so they need equal op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Buf­faloes’ Jane Zulu com­mands the women log on eight points af­ter four rounds.

She is closely fol­lowed by club­mates Mau­reen Moomba on seven points, Su­san Nami­anga , six and Bar­bara Lon­go­longo on joint five points with Mau­reen Nyirongo of Ea­gles.

Mean­while, about 100 karatekas were ex­pected to com­pete in this Sat­ur­day’s Open karate cham­pi­onship, which is the fifth event of the league at Chilenje Hall.

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