Saturday, July 24, 2021

Karatekas prodded to push for world accreditation

The Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) has been urged to push for more of its officials to get world accreditation.

The call was made by the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng this past week during a short ceremony to recognise the achievement of three BOKA officials who recently got their World Accreditation.

The trio, Senseis’ Union Kgafela, Jonathan Phiri and George Tshikare were accredited as World Level officials in November last year after passing their training courses during the World Karate Federation Championships in Spain.

Senseis’ Kgafela and Phiri were accredited as Judges of Kumite while Sensei Tshikare is now a World Karate Federation (WKF) Accredited Coach.

The trio’s accreditation followed a very long period of BOKA failing to get accredited officials despite having sent many officials to undertake such training in the past.

In his address to BOKA, Reikeletseng called for the local Karate mother body to look at its current baseline and aim to achieve even more with its current crop of officials who are also within reach of World accreditation.

The BNSC Chairperson mentioned among others officials like Senseis’ Boston Rakgampu, Mpho Bakwadi, Tshepo Bathai, Christian Mashamaite, Mompati Kwati, Steady Basupang, Otto Tafa and Peter Molefe as some of Botswana’s continental officials of repute who should be pushed for world accreditation. Should BOKA do as such, Reikeletseng said they will be a force to reckon with.

“I therefore urge the leadership of BOKA not to falter but to invest concerted efforts on the acceleration of these officials… While we are still fresh in their minds at WKF, let us make more inroads,” Reikeletseng said.

The BNSC Chairperson said he is hopeful that the success of the trio of Kgafela, Phiri and Tshikare would be a motivating factor “for more good to come”.

He said the achievements of the three senseis’, which he described as “a remarkable and unprecedented world class achievement,” is not only for them and BOKA, but is an “achievement of sport as a whole.”

He said after many years of strong representation and presence in the region and in the continent, Botswana had only been short of representation at the World level, adding that now the presence has been accomplished due to the achievements of the three Senseis.

He said the achievements go hand in hand with the newly developed BNSC Strategic Plan Vision 2028, which among its objectives “was to increase Botswana’s representation at regional, continental and World levels.”

Earlier when welcoming guests, BOKA President, Million Masumbika, had applauded the three senseis for helping BOKA achieve its goals of “developing world class officials and athletes.” With inroads now firmly made in developing world level officials, Masumbika said BOKA is now aiming for a World Medal.

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