Kenya prepares to dominate Mombasa Open International Tong IL Moo-Do
Kenya Tong IL Moo Do National team, popularly known as ‘Jasiri,’ has commenced residential training ahead of the 11th edition Mombasa Open International Tong IL Moo-Do championship.
Kenya plans to field a pool of over 60 players competing in different categories during the world competition, set to begin next week Friday at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.
Federation chairman, Clarence Mwakio, said the team has been partially training and has now convened for a weeklong camp to finalize their tactics, aiming to retain the title.
“Jasiri is already in camp, preparing for the fierce challenge ahead as we target the general title again. We are aware that our perennial rivals Philippines, Iran, and Thailand are fielding a significant number of players, so we don’t want to leave anything to chance,” explained Mwakio.
Speaking at Lights International School in Nyali, where the team will be hosted, Mwakio also confirmed that the government has promised to sponsor the competition to the tune of over sh 100 Million.
“I wish to express my gratitude to the Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba for assuring us of their support for the eleventh edition. The ministry responded to our sponsorship requests and assured us of their commitment,” said Mwakio.
Mwakio mentioned that from a Sh230 million hosting request and sh 45 Million for the national team, the federation was asked to scale down the budget to slightly above Sh100 Million, which the government has assured to cover.
Last year, the event faced funding challenges after the Ministry of Sports delayed releasing funds for the global annual event.
Kenya, who are 10-time defending champions, will defend their title with a 50-member squad comprising men and women of different age categories.
They will compete in sparring, forms, and special techniques, both individually and as a team.
Kenya’s perennial rival, the Philippines, is also set to field a large number of players in the competition.