Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNKF) Attains WKF Membership
The Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNKF) has attained membership at the World Karate Federation (WKF) after the latter granted provisional affiliation to the karate body.
ZNKF is now the only internationally recognised karate body in the country after the Zimbabwe Karate Union was suspended by the Karate mother body for violating regulations.
ZNKF was formed last year to ensure that semi-contact karate members comply with the statutes of the WKF, which bars its members from having sporting relationships with other karate associations not recognised by WKF.
Sensei Joe Rugwete who is the president of the ZNKF expressed excitement on the recognition by the WKF. Speaking to the Chronicle, Sensei Rugwete said:
_Our (ZNKF) recent attainment of WKF membership will allow us to participate in the regional, continental, and international events listed in the attachment. We had been focusing only on local events before the latest recognition_
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_We were always confident that we would be successful in our endeavours because we consulted the WKF before we left ZKU to form ZNKF. What we did not expect, however, was the hostile and at times uncooperative attitude from ZKU, which refused to voluntarily withdraw its membership from WKF after being advised by WKF and we still cannot understand why they elected to be expelled; a decision that unnecessarily prolonged our affiliation and cost us the opportunity to participate in the final Olympic qualifiers in Paris in April_
_We have since applied for affiliation with ZOC, and the ZOC president has informed us that our application is under consideration. We have faith in the new ZOC board and are confident it will process our application soon._
_We have managed to secure an important partnership with OK Zimbabwe Limited and AfricaBet, who have already played a huge role in ensuring that our affiliation fees to the World Karate Federation and to the regional body are paid up._
Sensei Rugwete added that ZNKF was now focused on ensuring that athletes are afforded opportunities to showcase their talent locally, regionally, continentally and internationally.
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