Kendo Association of Malawi (Kam) has received a major boost after the All-Japan Federation donated equipped to the association.
Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka, officially presented the equipment to Kam at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday.
The equipment includes 10 sets of brand-new kendo equipment, 11 sets of second-hand kendo equipment, 20 bamboo and carbon swords, clothes, towels and gloves.
The cost of the equipment is estimated at $1,550 (about K1 million).
Nishioka said the donation epitomised their commitment towards supporting the martial art sport, which is a traditional sport in Japan.
“Kam’s long-standing efforts to practice and promote this sport here in Malawi, far away from Japan, have been recognised by the All-Japan Kendo Federation. This is truly commendable. The federation told me that they deeply admire your sincere dedication and hard work toward Kendo,” he said.
Kam President, Austinie Somba, said the donation was a shot-in-the-back for the association that only had 20 sets of equipment for their 60 athletes.
Since its establishment in 1992, Kam only received 20 sets of equipment in 2001 as donation from Japan.