UFAK Africa Karate Championships
2017 Region 5 Karate
28 June 2017
By Rowan Carstens |Team Manager of National Karate Team
The Region 5 Karate Tournament is held annually and is one of the Major events on the Namibian Karate Calendar. This year we were able to send a total of 49 athletes accompanied by 2 coaches, a team manager and 2 referees and one official.
Trial were held on the 4th of February 2017 with all NAKU Members invited and a selection panel was elected to do the selection process.
Teams left on Wednesday the 21st June 2017 at 5am. Although the pace was slow, they arrived ahead of schedule on the 22nd June 2017 in Maputo.
The officials had a seminar on Thursday morning the 22nd June 2017 from 9am until 1pm, which was a briefing for referees.
Friday the 23rd June 2017 was the official weigh in of the athletes doing Kumite.
The event commenced at 8am on Saturday the 24th June 2017, with the official opening at 12am and was attended by the Mozambican Minister of Sport and the Japanese Ambassador to Mozambique as guests.
The medal ceremony was the same Saturday evening.
Namibia placed second overall, beaten by Botswana. With a total of 17 Gold medals, 22 Silver medals and 17 Bronze medals thiswas Namibia's most successful Region 5 tournament in recent years.
The complete list of Athletes with Medals can be viewed under downloads.