Japan donates $1,900 for registration of Karate Federation
By Kidega Livingstone
South Sudan Karate Federation has received 1,900 USD from its partners to aid its registration process.
The money was raised jointly by the Japanese Embassy in Juba and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It is meant for registration of the federation as a member of World of Karate Federation.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony at Japan Embassy on Tuesday, Ambassador of Japan to Juba, Seiji Okada said the registration will be the first step for South Sudan Karate athletes to participate in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games.
“In order for South Sudanese Karate players to participate in the selection process of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games the federation needs to be registered. In this regard japan embassy and its partners including business community jointly raised that amount,” Amb. Okada said.
Japan is hosting Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games an upcoming international Multi-sport event that include Karate.
Among the individual who supported the registration include Minister of Roads and Bridges, Rebecca Joshua who donated 100 USD, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Nadia Arop Dudi donated 200 USD and the businessman Amin Akasa donated 500 USD.
President of South Sudan Karate Federation Ladu Said Ali welcomed the support from its partners.
“We have finished with the documentation…it is only remaining to fund the registration and total amount for registration was 1,600 USD. Today (Tuesday) we appreciate the Ambassador of Japan for mobilizing for us the fund,” Ladu Said.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday) it is the day for paying the money in order for us to be accepted officially .we are paying to Swedish bank but the copy should go to Japan because the secretariat work is in Japan,” he added.
Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Nadia Arop Dudi said sport is root for development because through participation, it unites people across the world.
“The support from the people of Japan is going to raise our flag for the first time in the World history of Olympic Games. This is an achievement for us the people of South Sudan,” said the sports minister.