Hall of Famer swaps nunchucks for handcuffs

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Harare - World Kobudo champion Wilfred Mashaya is both excited and anxious.
Since his attestation into the Zimbabwe Republic Police over a decade ago, he has rarely performed policing duties. 
Instead, he has been globetrotting, sweeping accolades with relative ease and making his way into the International London Hall of Fame.

He has also been inducted into the Barcelona, Serbia, Italy and Lisbon Halls of Fame. 
Just a year ago, he was on the regional podium, winning the Regional Sportsman of the Year Award.
Mashaya would ordinarily right now be honing himself for the World Martial Arts Championships that were scheduled for the United Kingdom in November.

He was also scheduled to defend his World Cup weapon forms title in Spain two months ago.
But the unrelenting new coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on all of that.
With martial arts classified as too risky to engage in during COVID-19 in Zimbabwe, Mashaya has zero sparring partners and is back at the charge office, performing core policing duties.

"It's exciting to be performing my duties as a police officer. I haven't really been in the charge office as I have always been travelling in search of Kobudo honours.

“In a way, I have managed to put Southern Africa and the continent as a whole on the Kobudo map.
"But this coronavirus pandemic means we cannot be doing what we have to be doing. But, I am excited though at the same time anxious about my future as a professional athlete."
Mashaya shot to fame in 2017 when he became the first African to win the world Kobudo championship.
He followed that up with wins in International Karate and Kobudo as well as in World Martial Arts competitions.

Before the world was forced into a standstill by the new coronavirus pandemic about five months ago, Mashaya was preparing for the Kobudo Internationals scheduled for Malta as well as the International Kobudo Championships in India.

“The most important thing at the moment is make sure that I keep on training. I have to remain in shape. At the moment, I am enjoying my work as a police officer.”

Mashaya took part in the recent World Virtual Martial Arts Championships.

The outcome of the online championships, which also saw Mashaya introducing his five-year-old son Wilfred Jr into the world of martial arts, will be announced before mid-September.

 

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