Go- Jukai Karate Championship hangs in the balance owing to lack of
funds.The global event that will bring together over 35 countries is
slated to start from September 27 to October 1st.France are the
Head coach Maurice Aloo said the situation and the overall
preparations looks bleak owing to lack of sponsorship.He said with
barely two weeks to go, the players are yet to receive their
travelling visas while the Government through Sports commissioner
Maina Kamau has indicated they are unable to sponsor the team since
their hands are tied up.
The Government through the Ministry recently sponsored another
similar team of 10 players that is currently in Durban South Africa
.The team under coach Bonny Owiti travelled only to realize the event
had been cancelled.
‘The morale in our training camp at Nyayo Stadium is below par.We
have no injuries.Out of 20 players who are supposed to be in camp,we
have around eight players who have been coming for non-residential
camp because the bulk of players are attending schools. As it
appears, Kenya might send only three players since they have their
individual sponsor’s from their parents. We are in the dark.We are
appealing to well -wishers and sponsor’s to come forward and bail
us.It will be sad Kenya to lack representation in the Canada global
event “ Observed coach Aloo.
Three players who are assured of travelling owing to their
sponsorship status include Tom Kazungu from Mombasa, Dennis Wambua and
the coach (maurice Aloo).Other players who require sponsorship include
Denis Wambua who attended last year’s similar event held in Mumbai
India, Faith Ndungu(student at Kenya Institute of Highway technology)
Peter Ongeto,Ann Wamonje(Ombo Dojo team), and Phanice Apiyo who
travelled with the other team in South Africa.
Other players are Stellah Kasmili, Stephen Wesonga(Nairobi
Prisons),Joshua Naema(Busia Young Tigers),Dennis Wandati ( Naivasha
Prisons), and Tom Kazungu from Kilifi among others.