Chinese Kung Fu Attracts Visitors to Tanzania’s First Women’s Sports Festival
Tens of hundreds of visitors to Tanzania’s first-ever women’s sports festival, dubbed Tanzanite, were drawn to Chinese Kung Fu presented by young Tanzanian girls.
Girls aged 10-14 took part in the Women’s Sports Festival which kicked off September 16-18 at Uhuru National Stadium in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
“Tens of hundreds of visitors come here to watch the girls show off their Kung Fu prowess,” Athuman Begeja, a 31-year-old Kung Fu teacher, told Xinhua.
Begeja, who teaches Kung Fu at the Begeja Wushu Club located in the Ilala district of Dar es Salaam, said that during the three days of the festival, her club received more than 100 requests from girls wishing to join the club and train in Kung Fu.
Besides Chinese martial arts, women across the country also participated in other sports, including track and field, boxing, soccer, netball, volleyball, and karate.
On the theme of celebrating the power of women in sport, the festival will be held annually to encourage women to participate in sport.
John Mapepele, a senior official at the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, told Xinhua that the Tanzania Women’s Sports Festival, whose founder is President Samia Suluhu Hassan, has attracted around 350 sportswomen. from all over the East African country.