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Three nations arrive for Tong-IL Moo-Do championship

Three nations arrive for Tong-IL Moo-Do championship

The Chairperson, Kenya Tong il Moo Do Federation, Master Clarence Mwakio (right) with Elvis Mpukuanik (left) during a press conference ahead of the Ninth Edition of the Mombasa Open Tong-il Moo-do Federation in Mombasa on December 11, 2021.

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The first batch of three nations is expected to arrive in the country on Sunday ahead of the ninth edition of Mombasa Open International Tong-IL Moo-Do Martial Arts Championships.

Kenya Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation chairman, Clarence Ingalwa Mwakio said the first three countries to arrive on Sunday will be Kenya’s main challengers Philippines, Thailand and Turkey.

“We’re hoping more than 18 countries from other parts of Africa, Asia and America to feature in this year’s tournament will participate in martial arts styles that include sparring, special techniques and form events,” said Mwakio.

Addressing a press conference at the federation's secretariat in Mombasa on Saturday, Mwakio said they are expecting the tournament to attract 150 participants with Kenya team Jasiri set to have a team of 50; 36 men and 14 women.

‘We’re expecting to bring an increased number of international participants compared to the previous years,” he said.

Mwakio, who is also the president of African Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation, thanked the Ministry of Sports through cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed for their support in hosting the event.

He also thanked other sponsors in private sector and the World Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation for working together to ensure the tournament is a success. “We hope this year’s championship will be the best,” said Mwakio.

Speaking about the national team Jasiri’s preparations for the championship, Mwakio said all players are ready and looking forward to retaining the title for the ninth year in a row.

He however acknowledged stiff competition from other nations notably perennial rivals Philippines.

“After two weeks training in Nairobi, Jasiri team will be in Mombasa on Monday to continue with their preparations. Once again, we want to prove our superiority,” he said.