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Malawi kendo team defeated their Japanese counterparts to win the Japanese Ambassador’s third kendo championship held at the College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre on Saturday afternoon.

The championship had the under-12, 20 and the advanced categories.

Razaki Mussa from Malawi won the championship for the under-12 while Kohei Shiota and Jumpei Himura, both from Japan, emerged champions in the under-20 and advanced categories, respectively.

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Speaking during the event, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka, said he was pleased with Kendo Association of Malawi’s efforts in developing kendo.

“One of the tasks is for the older generation of players to train and further involve passionate and energetic young players,” Nishioka said.

He also commended the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports Manpower Development and the Malawi National Council of Sports for their efforts in promoting sports.

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He hinted at the prospect of the Japanese Embassy establishing kendo centres in the country.

Kendo Association of Malawi President, Austine Somba, applauded the Japanese Embassy for promoting the sport.

“Malawi winning this championship speaks volumes of how the sport has grown over the years in the country, thanks to the increased involvement of the Japanese Embassy and the interest shown by many Malawians in the sport,” Somba said.

He, however, bemoaned lack of adequate trainers and equipment as challenges facing his association.

In July 2016, the All-Japan Kendo Federation invited Somba to take part in a summer coaching course and subsequently donated equipment to the Malawi body.

Also present at the event was Sports Council Executive Secretary, George Jana.

This was the third time the Kendo Association of Malawi, in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan in Malawi, organised the tournament.

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