The two, sensei Mikidadi Kilindo, alias Ganchan, and yellow belted Eliciana Katani, won gold and silver medals respectively in the kata (demonstration) competitions.
Kilindo won the first place in the men’s individual kata while Katani won the second spot in the women’s individual kata. Their categories had also involved other participants from more than 10 countries from the region.
Kilindo, who is also an Assistant Chief Instructor in Tanzania, had previously won several regional titles, having much experience in both kata and kumite (fighting) skills. He has won the title five times in his career.
Katani, who is an assistant JKA/World Federation Tanzania Communication and Social Welfare manager, has made her maiden appearance in the regional event, being among role model female karate players in the country and the rest of the region.
“We are glad to have won these two crucial medals, for us and for the country” the duo said after they had been awarded the medals in the Ugandan capital recently.
Nestory Fedeliko, an executive director of JKA/World Federation-Tanzania, hailed the two for their triumph, but called upon the government to support the fast growing martial art sport, which has for years won the country many medals at international level.
“Had we travelled to Kampala in a big group, I’m sure we would have returned back home with plenty of medals,” Fedeliko disclosed.
“This is because, we did that several times in the past and Tanzania has multi-talented and energetic karate players who stand chances of doing better in international assignments whenever they get chances to do so,” he noted.
“JKA/ World Federation Tanzania has several other local and international events in its sporting calendar of events, thus needs supports from government, companies, institutions and individuals.”
The Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games, which will see karate feature for the first time in history, are one of the major events, which JKA/Tanzania intends to send participants.
JKA World Federation-Tanzania, ccording to him, is also expecting to host the Regional Gasshuku Tournament from July 1-7 this year, whereby 15 countries have confirmed to take part in.
They include Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Botswana, Madagascar and South Africa.