The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Karate Semi-Contact club has qualified to take part in the VISU World University Karate Championship, which takes place in July 2018. The club’s second place victory has led to this achievement.
The VISU World University Karate Championship was formed during the World University Championship sports programme in 1998, in Lille, France. Steady growth has been shown in the participation numbers every year during the competition. This growth and interest is taking the world university karate to the highest position. The VISU world university Karate competition that the DUT Karate Semi-Contact club qualifies for will take place next year, 19 July 2018, in Kobe, Japan.
The DUT team fought through to achieve second place at the Winter University Sport South Africa (USSA) games in July this year (2017). During those games they played as a team After team fixtures, some athletes also participated in individual matches.
Sudhir Balli,Byron Motlall, Theogram Pillay, Ashlyn Pillay and Shivona Deepchund were awarded their KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) colours for their achievements.
Club captain, Sudhir Balli said they were proud of their achievements. “It is a great achievement and the team has done its best, I am really proud of them,” he said.
Some of the karate accolades:
- This year from 23 to 24 June 2017, the national team took part in the Zone 6 African tournament in Mozambique and our very own Sudhir Balli was the vice-captain of the Protea team.
- The team came second and in the singles tournament, Sudhir Balli took third place, losing just one fight in the semi-finals.
- Sudhir Balli has represented the national team consecutively from 2013 until 2017, and has captained the national team.
- Sudhir Balli,Byron Motilall, Theogram Pillay, Ashlyn Pillay and Shivona Deepchund all have KZN colours, meaning that they have represented their KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) karate team.
Pictured: The DUT Semi-Contact Karate Club.