Francistown karate club shows its dominance
A Francistown karate club Yun Genius Academie showed its class once again at the just ended Botswana National Junior and Cadet Finals held in Gaborone this past Saturday.
A team of 23 karatekas left Francistown on the 6th to compete in the tournament which is used to select the 2018 national team.
The club Master, Sensei Otsile Motsamai’s team comprising 13 girls and 10 boys managed to garner 24 medals.
“We got five gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals,” Motsamai told Voice Sport.
The Chedu Choga based club dominated the national team last year with eight students making selected to represent the nation.
“This year my target was to have 13 students in the national team, but I surpassed that as 14 students made it,” Motsamai said, adding that the number may increase as team events continue this weekend.
The national team selected from the Gaborone final will compete in the Zone VI Championships scheduled for 24th-27th May in Gaborone.
Sensei Motsamai expects his ladies team Kata comprising Melrose Phuti, Patience Stephen and Goitsemodimo Jim to continue their dominance at regional level.
The trio bagged a gold medal last year in Mozambique in the same competitions.
“They rounded up an exceptional year by being named Team of the Year at the Botswana Karate Association Awards in December last year,” he said.
Sensei Motsamai called on parents to enrol their kids at his academie.
“Its for free. I’ve been doing this for free since 2014 and we have performed very well,” he said.
Motsamai also reserved special credit for parents who popped up cash to transport their kids to Gaborone.
“It shows commitment. Parents should lead by example and show interest in their children’s sporting activities,” concluded Sensei Motsamai.