BY TERRY MADYAUTA
THE Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNFK) has received a massive boost ahead of a heavily congested calendar after landing a huge sponsorship package from OK Zimbabwe Limited.
The federation has immediately dedicated the sponsorship package to settle their membership and affiliation fees to the World Karate Federation.
They will also pay their affiliation fees to the Union des Fédérations Africaines de Karaté and the African Sports Council Region Five Karate Federation.
In a statement released on Thursday, ZNKF president Joe Rugwete confirmed the development, expressing gratitude to one of the largest retailer companies in the country.
“The Zimbabwe National Karate Federation (ZNKF) executive committee is delighted to announce that it has received a sponsorship of
$675 465 from OK Zimbabwe Limited,” the statement read.
“The received sponsorship shall be used to pay for the ZNKF’s 2022 Membership and Affiliation fees to the World Karate Federation, the Union des Fédérations Africaines de Karaté and the African Sports Council Region Five Karate Federation.
“The good standing we will achieve from the said sponsorship forms the foundation of our 2022 activities as it entitles us to participate at all regional, continental and international karate events sanctioned by the World Karate Federation in 2022.”
As such, the federation will be able to send representatives to the regional, continental and international programmes.
Rugwete added: “One such important event shall be the training seminar to be held at the sidelines of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Karate Championships in Durban in May, where the World Karate Federation is sending an expert coach from Europe to train instructors from southern Africa.
“The ZNKF is grateful to OK Zimbabwe Limited and assures them of strict accountability in the management of financial resources of the ZNKF, which include audited annual financials.
“At the ZNKF, we shall endeavour to create clean opportunities for OK Zimbabwe to advertise during our various events, so that they can see a return on this important investment.”
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