Karate sensation Freddy Mwiya Jr. will become the first Namibian to be on the Work Karate Federation (WKF) ranking after scooping four gold medals at the just-ended 2018 USA Open & Junior International Cup in Las Vegas. The championships ran from 30 March to 1 April.
The golden karateka won in all four of his events taking four golds; three in kata and one in elite kumite.
Two medals came from the International Junior Championship while he scooped the other two in the USA Open.
A jubilant father who is a former Namibian karate icon said the accomplishment means a lot for the country and the future looks bright of the young athlete.
“This is history for Namibia. It only means that we need to expose more youngsters to international platforms so that they compete.
He is the first that will be getting on those rankings in this country,” said Mwiya Snr.
Mwiya Jnr was the only Namibian competing at the championships. He went with the Botswana karate delegation on invitation from his coach, world-renowned sensei and African karate champion Shakes Bakwati.
The win means that the young prospect will acquire points that he hopes will give him a head-start in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Mwiya Jnr, an undefeated 9-time national champion in both Kata and Kumite, is a Region Five Kumite champion and silver medalist in Kata and continues to make waves on the local and international karate scene. He started karate at the age of three in 2005 after being stung by the genre bug from his father. His first major competition was in Cape Town in 2007 where he came first in both kata and kumite. He joined the national karate team in 2012.
He now ups his professional record of being a champion in both genres before heading to Croatia in June for another championship this year. The World Karate Federation championships in the USA are one of the biggest competitions in the karate union.
Hence, the ranking will be a boost to his fellow local stars, said the Namibia Sport Commission Chief Administrator Mwiya Snr.
Before leaving for the tournament last week, the young lad highlighted that his aim would be to be ranked number 3 or 5. It will go without mention that Mwiya Jnr has succeeded with his plans.
He returns home today where he will start training again for June.