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Zimbabwe shines at OTW World Championships

Sensei Wilfred Mashaya shows off his newest medals

By Nyasha Mutena

Zim Ninja academy, an affiliate of the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) scooped five medals in the – Unique WORLD Online Championships which took place in June 2021 in Malta.r

The competition was organised by the Mediterranean Karate Alliance (MKA) in partnership with Malta Tourism Authority.

Owing to restrictions, including travelling, imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition was held virtually. The participants took part in styles which include Kobudo, Karate, Wushu, Taijuquan among others. Medals were awarded to those that held first, second, third and fourth positions.
Through an official statement, ZimNinja Academy Secretary General , Christopher Garatsa said as always, the duo of father and son Wilfred M. Mashaya and Wilfred Jnr Mashaya wasted no time to prove their worth.

“Six year old Mashaya Junior received a gold in the boys under 6 years Karate Kata category beating the two opponents that saw him getting bronze in the same tournament last year. He managed to come ahead of Egor Ogay and Yaroslav Drozdov From Russia as well as other participants from Slovakia and Malta.

“Mashaya won silver in the Kobudo Short Weapons 35-Years Plus Category after Stephane Fauchard of France who got gold. Some big names coming after Mashaya in this category include Vadim Serkin of Russia, Moshe Nickelsberg of Israel, Achim Haubennestel of Germany,” he said.

Vincent Fambira came third receiving a bronze medal in the Kobudo Short Weapons 16-Years Plus Category. Gold Medal was sent to Galliano Boni of South Africa and Silver remained to the host Maltese Martial Artist Ben Fenech.

The other two medals sent were won by Fourth placed Prince Chabanga in the Senior Male white to Fourth Kyu (21 to 35 Years) Category and Prince Manhanga also fourth in the Boys White to 7th Kyu (11 to 12 Years) Category. The tournament saw 42 countries with 534 participants across the world taking part in the Virtual World Championship. Some of the countries that took part include United States of America, Russia, Iran, Germany, Egypt , France, South Africa, Cameroon, Slovakia, India, Poland, Brazil, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Zimbabwe and the host Malta.

However, due to unforeseen delays in shipping, the medals took time to reach Zimbabwe from Malta.
Here is a full breakdown of the participants;

1) Boys Karate under 6 years Category

Gold
Wilfred Junior Mashaya

2) Kobudo Short Weapons 35-Years Plus Category

Silver
Wilfred M. Mashaya

3)Kobudo Short Weapons 16-Years Plus Male & Female Category

Bronze
Vincent K. Fambira

4) Senior Male white to Fourth Kyu (21 to 35 Years) Category

Fourth Position
Prince Chabanga

5)Boys White to 7th Kyu (11 to 12 Years) Category

Fourth Position
Prince Manhanga