Participating teams lines up during the opening address by the Base Commander, Kenya Navy Mtongwe base Brigadier Jimson Mutai.
The 2019 CDF Taekwondo Championship kicked off at Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe, Mombasa County on 26 Nov 19. The three-day championship brought together ten teams from the three sister services to compete in Taekwondo.
The competition is held annually to select new players who will join the Ulinzi taekwondo team, both men and women, in preparations to represent KDF in national and international championships. Also, the sporting championships such as this create an opportunity for friendship and comradeship amongst service personnel.
The event was flagged off by the Base Commander, Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe, Brigadier Jimson Mutai. In his opening remarks, he welcomed the participants and reminded them that the championship was aimed at forming a strong KDF team. Brig Mutai also urged the participants to display competitive sportsmanship and team work during the championship. “As you compete from various units and formations, remember that there is a team called KDF. Play fairly and consider that it is a competition when you play by the rules,” said the Base Commander.
The curtain raiser bouts of the championship featured two for both men and women. In the men’s category, welter weight Senior Private Samuel Chege of 2nd Brigade battled Corporal Robert Omondi of Kenya Navy; the current welter weight Gold medalist in CDF Championship. During the bout, the reigning champion displayed exemplary performance outsmarting his opponent by far. The match ended in the first round under two minutes in a technical knockout in favor of Cpl Robert Omondi.
In women’s first bout, Sgt Risper Mwangi of Moi Air Base, the national and KDF champion, also won her match against Cpl Aida Musila of Nairobi through a knockout after the first round; sending the spectators into a frenzy.
The reigning champions, Kenya Navy Team, have won the title for two consecutive years since 2017. The curtains to the event will close on 28 Nov 19 at the same venue.
The Base Commander, Kenya Navy Mtongwe, Brigadier Jimson Mutai (in a track suit) greets Sergeant Selina, one of the officials in the competitions, as other officials look on.
Base Commander, Kenya Navy Mtongwe Brigadier Jimson Mutai makes his opening remarks and officially flags off the 2019 CDF Cup Taekwondo Championship.
Base Commander, Kenya Navy Mtongwe, Brigadier Jimson Mutai joins the match officials to officially open this year’s championship.
Sergeant Ibrahim Kamau of Moi Air Base (right) readies to deliver a right side kick at his opponent Senior Private Eugene Mulunda of Kahawa Garrison who seems to have prepared to block it during their heavy weight bout category.
Senior Private (Spte) Rashid Otieno of Artillery Brigade lands a perfect right kick at his opponent Spte Bakari Nusura of Kenya Navy in the heavy weight bout category. Spte Otieno won the bout having garnered 44 points against his opponent’s 26 points.
The KDF Champion welter weight category, Senior Private Lucy Akinyi of Kenya Navy (left) kick’s her opponent Corporal Jemima Wairimu during the women’s welter weight bout.