In preparations for the All Africa Japan Karate Association (JKA) Championships that will be held in South Africa, Johannesburg at the Standard Bank Arena on September 26th of September, JKA Botswana will next weekend participate in the national open championships in Palapye. The competitions that will be aimed at grilling the best that have been chosen to go to South Africa will be held at BIUST. On top of that the Gender Affairs department saw it fit to sponsor all the women categories to a tune of P15 000. This is part of their efforts to celebrate the women’s month and also attract more women to the code. JKA Botswana spokesperson, Keone Kgorotlhe, said they have sought the intervention of gender affairs department because they have realised that from the age of around 18 going upwards they tend to lose many women from the sport that have been very consistent and performing exceptionally well when young.
He said they think that this happens because of the responsibility that comes with a girl maturing into a woman and the pressures and the expectations that they face from the public. He said they also know that in most codes hefty sponsorships go to the men teams while their female counterparts suffer, but at JKA they want to make sure that women get more sponsorship. “So we hope that by sponsoring women we will attract them to karate, and on top of that this is women’s month and there is no better way to celebrate that,” Kgorotlhe said. At the national championship there will be two presentations on gender based violence and breast and cervical cancer.