By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Kickboxing Federation (NKF) wants to start next year with a bang after bagging the junior sportsman of the year award at the recent national sports awards function.
Kickboxer, Delano Muller walked away with the junior sportsman honours, giving the federation hope that there is indeed a future for the sport in Namibia.
NKF vice president, Anita de Klerk said as the newest sports federation, they have set high goals for themselves. “Kickboxing has grown exponentially across Namibia since the establishment of the Namibia Kickboxing Federation (NKF) and giving the sport the status of an official sport code in Namibia was the logical consequence,” she said.
De Klerk said that since the establishment of the NKF in June 2016, the federation has done a lot to develop the sport and generate interest.
“The NKF conducted coaching clinics, competitions, seminars, training camps and motivational speeches in rural/urban areas/ schools, before exams were written to motivate students. Our development work was received with great enthusiasm,” she enthused.
Looking at the 2017 sports calendar, De Klerk said the NKF will compete in the Jungle War billed for Pretoria, South Africa in May. The NKF will also field competitors at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic slated for Johannesburg, South Africa, also in May.
In addition, the NKF is also looking forward its own national championships in June, as well as the Battle of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
She said kickboxing is offered to all Namibians, as it holds great benefits such as to improve self-confidence, be more productive, have higher tolerance and offer better health benefits.
She said NKF is aware that sport plays an important role in addressing social problems and promotes a sense of pride and community integration.
According to De Klerk, the NKF also fosters a spirit of fair play, mutual respect, ethical and moral principles in sport as well as fighting doping and drugs.
She said the key challenge for the next five years is to improve the quality of lives of kickboxers. To achieve that, the NKF has put together a dynamic team to identify growth opportunities and take the sport to a higher level.
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