Mangaung wants to send karateka to Olympics

Sensei Ian le Roux, Technical Director of the MMKF, and Zola Thamae, Director of Community Sport in the Free State, with winners Boitumelo Molale and Calista Dunn.

The Annual Youth Games are organised annually by the Mangaung Metro Sports Council in partnership with the Mangaung Metro Municipality. This year the Youth Games took place on 16 June 2016 at the Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium in Rocklands. The Mangaung Metro Karate Federation (MMKF), a member of the Free State Sports Council, was excited to be part of the Games after a long absence, said newly elected president, Sensei Thabiso Booi, of Bloemfontein.

The event was supported by the Free State Karate Federation and a number of the city’s top Dojos, instructors and karateka. “We hope to have at least one athlete from Mangaung representing South Africa at the Olympics,” said Sensei Thabiso.

“Karate is alive and well in Mangaung and we urge all clubs to partner with the organisation in making Tokyo 2020 a reality for our athletes. Sport has always had the power to bring people together, and the inclusion of Karate at the 2016 MM Youth Games once again was a huge success.”

A number of Development and Elite athletes from clubs around the greater Mangaung Metro Area competed on the day, as a celebration of our Youth in sport. Participation medals and development trophies were sponsored by the Free State Department of Sport.
Winners of the development trophies were Calista Dunn from Eunice Primary School and Boitumelo Molale from Maboloka Primary School, respectively. The MMKF is the only karate organisation in Mangaung which is affiliated with the Free State Karate Federation (FSKF) and Karate South Africa (KSA).

KSA recently announced the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games and will be preparing athletes for Tokyo 2020. The vision of the MMKF is to raise the standard of development in karate and equip a new generation of elite athletes, instructors and administrators through increased accessibility in local communities, world class training and administration to the benefit of our athletes.