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Wilfred Mashaya accorded top honor in England

Story by ZBC Reporter

Multi Award Winning Martial Artist, Master Wilfred Mashaya has been appointed the President of International Combat Organisation in Zimbabwe.

In testament that hard work rewards, Zimbabwe’s Kobudo specialist Sensei Wilfred Mashaya continues imprint his name in the history books after getting a top honour from an England-based Combat sport organisation.

After conquest in England at the ICO World Championships where Mashaya and Vincent Fambira scooped 11 medals, the ICO could not ignore Mashaya’s contribution to the growth of combat sports in Zimbabwe.

“Being appointed by an organisation from outside our continent shows that Zimbabwe has what it takes to stand up and be counted with the rest of the world. I feel very much happy and very much honored to be appointed as the ICO President for Zimbabwe,” said Mashaya.

He promised to further grow the combat sport landscape in Zimbabwe regardless of gender or ethnicity.

“My duty is to make sure that I uplift other martial artists especially those that have the talent to perform at the international stage and also to work on grassroots levels to make sure that I groom even those who have never done martial arts and also I balance between men and women so that they have equal opportunities in terms of martial arts,” he added.

Mashaya who is also the vice president of Zimbabwe Karate Union is a holder of four black belts and is a multi-award winning Hall of Farmer who has combat experience around the globe.

Known as Zim Ninja, Mashaya also pioneered the martial art disciplines of Kobudo and Bujinkan Ninjutsu in Zimbabwe, before making history in 2019 becoming the First Male Zimbabwean to win the prestigious Regional Sportsman of the year.

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