Muripo’s dream

World so-Kyokushin karate Champion, Sensei Samson Muripo, who won three international medals last month, insisted this week he still had a lot to achieve.

Sensei Samson Muripo
Sensei Samson Muripo

Muripo hoped he could use his success to attract corporate support and the international organizations’ approval to host a global tournament in Zimbabwe.

“I have a lot that still remains to be unlocked, especially in Zimbabwe. I want to be able to bring international fighters to my country. It will be great hosting international events and my biggest dream is to bring the World Tournament to Zimbabwe before I leave to my eternal home,” he said.

“Technical and financial support from the government and the corporate world would be very important for me to groom more fighters that will conquer the world like I have done so far.

“That support would also enable me to groom at least 100 world-class referees and judges, who can handle tournaments professionally. I want to see Kyokushin Karate become a profession for many karatekas in Zimbabwe. I think I have shown the world the talent and resilience Zimbabwe has,” he said.

Muripo won a bronze medal at the World Kyokushin Championships in Bulgaria on October 5-6 and audaciously carried his injuries to another international tournament three weeks later.

He went on to win silver and gold at another global showdown in China on October 26, having gallantly fought in two categories in one day.

He remains the only Zimbabwean to have won at the level of World Cup in any sport and has joined other glorified sportspersons like Kirsty Coventry, Cara Black, and Elliot Mujaji, who have raised high the country’s flag on the global scene.

“The biggest character God equipped me with is that of resilience. I train more than I sleep.”

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