THE Zimbabwe Junior Taekwondo team that qualified for the maiden Open African Championships to be held in South Africa next month has started preparations in Harare.
The team comprising of juniors, tiger boys and tiger girls has been training three times per week.
Coach Evan Brown said of the preparations: â€œThe guys are focused and are looking forward to the tournament.â€
Brown said he wanted training to intensify for the team to stay in shape up until the championships.
â€œI would want us to increase the number of days we train.
But the encouraging thing is that guys are coming for training on the few days that we currently train.â€
The Taekwondo Academy in Harare will spearhead selection.
Â â€œWhen there is a high profile tournament a lot of people want to take part, so to begin with we have decided to screen the athletes during training sessions.
We will then hold a national event which will be the final selection tournament for the African Championships.â€
He said the sport was finding it increasingly difficult to grow.
â€œWe are facing a number of challenges in the sport,â€ Brown said.
â€œApart from the economic problems that are affecting everyone in the country, our biggest problem is that people who take part in the sport do not know that they are supposed to register with the association and be a member.â€
BY KUDZAYI TIGERE