Mangaung Youth Games to be held at Molemela Stadium

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Sandile Makwali and Necodemus Banyane

Mangaung Metro Sports Council in partnership with the Mangaung Metro Municipality, will be hosting the annual Youth Games which will be taking place on 16 and 17 June 2017 at the Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela Stadium in Rocklands, Bloemfontein.

MMKF President, Sensei Thabiso Booi from Bloemfontein says the event will be supported by the Free State Karate Federation and a number of the city’s top Dojo’s, instructors and karateka. “The Mangaung Metro Karate Federation (MMKF) a member of the Free State Sports Council is excited to once again be part of the Games in support of youth Day celebrations for the Province,” he said.

“Karate is alive and well in Mangaung and we urge all clubs to partner with the organization 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 2017 Youth Games is a privilege for us,” he added.

A number of Development athletes from clubs around the greater Mangaung Metro Area will compete on the day, as a celebration of youth in sport. Some of the elite athletes will participate in an exhibition demonstrating advanced karate skills required to perform as an elite karate athlete in order to demonstrate to the participating elite athletes what they need to develop towards.

The MMKF is the only karate organization 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, excellent training and administration to benefit the athletes.

Sandile Makwali, Elsabe le Roux and Karabo Meko represented South Africa at the Africa Karate Championships for under 21 and senior athletes that took place in Cameroon on 1 and 2 June 2017. Le Roux won a silver medal and Makwali obtained a joint 5th place. Necodemus Banyane was the coach for the senior team at this event.

“We hope to have at least one athlete from Mangaung representing South Africa at the Olympics,” ended Sensei Booi.

For further details contact the President of the Mangaung Metro Karate Federation, Thabiso Booi: 078-483-6035.

Elsabe Le Roux (Far Left)

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News