The Namibian Karate Union (NAKU) reelected Cornelius D’Alton as president at their annual general meeting.
D’Alton who was took over presidency of the association on 18 January 2014 said there were several constitutional amendments were done, including creating a general secretary role, in order to get the sport back where it was before.
“The general secretary, who will vote on once members have submitted names in upcoming meetings, will help with the day-to-day running of the association,” D’Alton said. He added, “Previously all the responsibility has been on the president, which is time consuming and overwhelming, and with one spread so thin, things can be neglected. I also believe enough heads in the pot is a good thing.”
They are also established an executive management structure to operate on a daily management basis.
D’Alton conceded that Karate had previously thrived under the leader of Andrè Genis who had been at the helm of NAKU for 16 years, ending his stay in 2005 and had also served as Secretary General of Union of Africa Karate Federations (UFAK).
“After a strong leader like Genis, the sport went through difficult times even under Stefanus van Staden who tried his best. The time out of the spotlight has given us the opportunity to sort out our own house, but we want to get the sport back where it belongs,” D’Alton said.
He said one of the reasons the sport had suffered was due to little competition for the athletes. At the moment the association is focused on the Region 5 tournament coming in May in Durban.
“A huge reason why the sport went down is because of little competition, so when the athletes go to international or continental they are not up to standard. That is why the sport has gone down this past few years, but we want to be competitive in Africa again,” D’Alton explained.
He revealed that there are plans to host more national competitions within the various style based disciplines in order to expose the athletes to more competition.