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THE African Union Sports Council (AUSC)Region Five Games are set to include martial arts in next year’s edition, scheduled for Windhoek, Namibia from May 2-11.

In line with the new development, AUSC have also extended an invitation to members of the Region 5 Karate Confederation including the Zimbabwe National Karate Federation to send a team to the annual games.

This comes just two months after ZNKF also sent karatekas to the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana, in March.

But in extending an invitation to ZNKF, AUSC, through their chief executive Stanley Mutoya, also listed seven conditions which the local body and other associations would have to adhere to.

“We are pleased to announce that karate has been included in the official programme of the 11th Edition of the Region 5 Youth Games scheduled for Windhoek, Namibia from 2 to 11 May 2025,” read part of the letter from Mutoya.

AUSC also gave the federation until tomorrow to ensure they comply with the conditions they have listed.

The conditions include that:

  • The ZNKF would have to appoint a technical delegate, an official, who will be assigned and responsible for the event next year
  • The official, however, cannot hold the position of a confederation president or secretary-general and the union will have to provide the said person’s name and contact details
  • ZNKF will also have to notify the AUSC of the style for the competition and make public the proposed team size they intend to send to the event
  • This list must include the number of athletes, coaches and referees’’.

ZNKF are also expected to send the information by tomorrow and also confirm in writing their acceptance of the offer.

Soon after, the union is then expected to start working on a technical manual, which is expected to be handed in by May 31.

ZNKF president, Joe Rugwete, was naturally excited by karate’s latest inclusion in a continental competition.

“The acceptance of our application to participate in the mainstream AUSC Region 5 Games is a momentous occasion for karate in Southern Africa,’’ Rugwete said.

“It signifies the recognition of our sport on a regional platform and provides an invaluable opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills and talent to a wider audience.”

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