President Jacob Zuma is to open the fourth Karate World Cup tournament on Saturday, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.
The tournament is hosted by the International Karate Organisation Kyokushin Kaikan – IKO Matsushima (IKO), and will be held at the chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.
The presidency said that South Africa welcomes the decision of the IKO to host the competition in the country.
“Government seeks to promote karate as a sport to the youth given its benefits in instilling self-discipline, self-defence, focus and also in promoting social crime prevention,” the statement said.
The tournament, which is held every four years, will take place on September 6 and 7 in Durban, and will mark the first time the tournament will be held in SA. – Sapa, staff reporter.