Litha Mtalalisi is the only South African team member from the Eastern Cape to be selected for the KyokushinKan World Union Karate Tournament in Kazakhstan on 7 and 8 December, but he needs R20,000 to get there. So far, he says, not a single sponsor has come forward and time is running out.
A letter from KyokushinKan International South Africa confirms that the tournament organisers will cover all other costs, such as accommodation. All he needs is the air-ticket, visa and the team tracksuit.
"I have knocked on so many doors, but we haven't received any proper response. This is a very important tournament to my career and I'm begging any Good Samaritan to help me," he said.
Mtalalisi is originally from Lusikisiki. He has a First Kyu Brown Belt and graduated for a First Dan Black Belt in June. When he started karate he just wanted to learn how to fight.
"But I was surprised ... I was taught discipline, respect, self-confidence and to be humble," he said. "I believe that with karate we can take children out of the streets."
"To be honest I am a bit worried that no one has come forward to assist but hopefully in the next two weeks something might happened."
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