16 November 2018
FIVE taekwondo players who recently won medals at a regional tournament in Mozambique have urged government to equally support minority sports as it does others.
The quintet of David Muteka (7), Leslie Chiwashira (8), Gamuchirai Mazhindu (8), Edward Muzondi (11) and Tafadzwa Garaba (8) pledged they will continue pursuing taekwondo and make the country proud.
David and Edward won gold medals while other members won silver medals.
“I like taekwondo and I practice almost every day after school. I like it because it keeps me alert. I have not been bullied ever since I started taekwondo and I also want to protect others who will have been bullied at school or home,” said Leslie.
Team instructor First Dan Brighton Dembaremba said his academy is now combining both taekwondo and kyokushini arts into a specialised karate form.
Said Dembaremba: “As an academy, we are now working to combine taekwondo and kyokushin into a specialised form. Taekwando is a semi-contact fight while kyokushin is full contact karate so we want to combine both and get rid of the weaknesses found in each category.
“Our visit to Mozambique a few days ago was an eye opener and the first for our students who got exposed to the regional tournament. The tournament was for provinces in Mozambique so they extended their invitation to us. This victory is a fight for recognition and support even when they are challenges, we need support.”
The instructor urged government to support other disciplines and incentivising winners.