Defence martial arts teams win kudos
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.