3rd edition  of Strata Base Open National  Championship  to Kickstart on Wednesday in Portharcourt

The 3rd edition of the “Strata Base National Open Senior Karate Championship”  would come up at the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports complex in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Beginning from 1st to 4th May, 2024, 2023, over two hundred athletes, coaches and Karate administrators from across the country will converge on Port Harcourt to compete for medals in different categories.

In a statement culled from Engr. Dr. Chukwudi Dimkpa, Chief Executive Officer Strata Base Group, main sponsor of the tournament, indicates that “Karate fans and enthusiasts from around Nigeria will have the opportunity to relax and witness spectacular bouts of Kumite and Kata among participating athletes and teams drawn from states across the country”.

Dimkpa who is Chairman South South Zone of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, said the tournament, aside competition between Karatakers, will also feature refresher trainings course and upgrade of referees and coaches in the combat sports, on the sidelines.

He maintained that he is resolute in his commitment to developing the sport and using it as a tool to engage young people and take them away from destructive vices while showcasing talent in an environment of entertainment.

“Asides from engaging young people meaningfully and showing them the possibilities of a life away from crime, was also aimed at showcasing talents to scouts and to serve as avenue to select and groom athletes who will represent Nigeria in international competitions”.

This year’s edition has Solotone Global Ventures Limited and the Rivers State Government as part of the sponsors of the competition

Last year, the 2nd edition of the “Strata Base National Open Senior Karate Championship”, 2023, was hosted at the Sampson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, with athletes winning a total of 60 medals, comprising of 16 gold, 16 silver and 28 bronze in the overall medal haul, with team FCT-Abuja dominating the table with a total of 11 medals; 5 gold, 1 silver, and 5 bronze to clinch the 1st position. Team Anambra came 2nd, winning a total of 8 medals; 4 gold and 4 silver. Team Strata Base came 3rd winning 9 medals; 2 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.

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