Rebecca Mohammed executed well in the Women’s Kata at the 13th annual Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) World Championships in the Czech Republic in July 15-21 but was eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
Mohammed was part of a five-member team from the local branch of SKIF, who represented T&T including fellow competitors Jennifer de Silva and Stephon Mar along with the head of the delegation and president of SKIF KG TT, Celeste Nottingham and coach and director, Ian Sammy.
Overall, the T&T team did reasonably well in an event which had teams from 50 countries in the group phase of the competition.
Both Mohammed and De Silva competed in the women’s 20-30 age-group category, which had 60 competitors. Mohammed progressed nicely through the opening phase but was eventually eliminated in the quarterfinal round. De Silva was eliminated in the first round.
Mar competed in the Men’s Kata 20-39 age-group which had some 213 participants. He performed admirably but was also eliminated in the first round.
During the event, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run Relay Torch was in Hradec Kralove. The runners carrying the torch were present at the Championship with each country having the opportunity to bear the torch at the opening ceremony on July 20.
“It was a proud moment for us, representing T&T and to be a part of this very special event,” said Sammy, who expressed great pride in the team for their fearlessness and inspiring mode of competition.
Nottingham was also quite pleased with the team’s performance, despite the many challenges faced in getting the team ready for the tournament. She added that she would “really appreciate greater intervention by the authorities/corporate entities towards financing similar ventures”.
However, praise went to all contributors and donors for providing the team with the opportunity to not only visit the Czech Republic but also participate and appreciate a different culture and make new contacts.
“In particular, SKIF wishes to acknowledge the kind contributions of TCM, Republic Bank Ltd, Unicomer, Caribbean Finance Company Limited and all other well-wishers and supporters for their generous contributions and encouragement, which aided in providing travel to the delegation,” said Sammy.
Next on the agenda for SKIF KG TT is hosting its 11th National Championships on September 28 which begins its preparation for the 10th SKIF Pan American Championships which will be held in Mexico from August 19-22, 2020.
Sammy said, “SKIF KG TT is a Karate-do organisation established with the primary mandate of promoting and building character through the art of Karate-do. SKIF KG TT caters for persons between the ages of four years and older, with the different programmes they offer, and they use karate to reinforce and instil positive values, attitudes and behaviours among its membership.
“Through the training regime, individuals develop values such as honesty, discipline, courtesy, integrity and resilience. SKIF KG TT is philosophy is steeped in traditional karate-do values, as a result engaging and participating in local, regional and World Championships are among the many avenues the organisation uses to accomplish its goals to develop balanced and empowered persons.”