Mother of injured karateka fights for justice

Conflicting stories: Moremedi was left out of the team that travelled to Harare
Conflicting stories: Moremedi was left out of the team that travelled to Harare

Maatla Moremedi is one of the karatekas who were dropped from the karate team that competed at the AUSC Region 5 Karate Championships held in Zimbabwe recently after being deemed unfit.

The team left for Harare on June 8. Moremedi's mother, Gaolatlhe Samson is, however, not happy with the way her daughter has been treated. Samson told Mmegi Sport that her child suffered an injury during the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) national team selection held in Gaborone in April. “My child was injured by her opponent during the selection tournament after being instructed by her coach to use a dangerous kick. I had to spend money taking my child to hospital and she missed classes. I wrote a letter to BOKA in April seeking an investigation into this matter. Appropriate action should be taken,” she said. Samson explained that she was informed that her daughter had been dropped from the team at night through a telephone call. She said the reason given was that her daughter was unfit to compete. “I have a letter from a physiotherapist dated June 6, which states that my child was fit to compete.

BOKA has never done anything for my child; they should compensate her for her medical expenses. If they knew that she was unfit, why did they allow Maatla to train with the team?” she asked. Samson said BOKA has not shared all the information with her regarding scans they claim were done. She said BOKA has failed to respond to her letter despite repeated attempts. Contacted for comment, BOKA public relations officer, Keorapetse Dube said BOKA does not communicate with individuals rather they only respond to letters that are routed through their members.

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