By Mwakwaya Raymond
The 9th edition of Mombasa Open Tong-IL Moo- Do Martial Arts Championship is slated for December 11th to 22nd 2021 at the Aga Khan Academy Multipurpose hall.
Already 25 nations have confirmed participation after their countries eased the Corona virus travel restrictions.
Among the countries expected to participate include Paraguay, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Brazil, Cyprus, Cote D’Ivoire, Philippines, South Korea, Cambodia, Japan, Republic of Congo, Iran, and Turkey.
Others are Zambia, Malaysia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Central Africa Republic, Nepal, Angola, United States of America, and Germany.
The 8th time defending champions
Kenyan Tong –IL-Moo –Do national team selection will take place over the weekend in Mombasa and Nairobi simultaneously.
According to the Kenya Tong –IL Moo–Do Federation chairman Master Clarence Mwakio Ingalwa, Team Jasiri will select players in readiness for Championship.
He said the two day selection organized by the Kenya Tong–IL Moo–Do Federation will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November 2021, when participants will be accorded an opportunity to compete and qualify for places in team Jasiri.
He said the Kenyan team will be composed of men and women in this year’s World Champion Status tournament.
“Competitors will be between 8 to 55 years old and will compete in individual categories and teams,’’ Ingalwa said.
Further, the chairman said the annual championship will be hosted courtesy of the collaboration and support between the Kenya Tong –IL Moo –Do Federation, the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Sports and Cultural Services and the World Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation.
Ingalwa, also the President of Tong –IL Moo –Do in Africa, stated that the championship is open to Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Kung-fu, Aikido, Jiu-jitsu, Ninjustu, Wushu and other alternative martial arts.