On Sunday, July 2, in Yaoundé, Cameroon won the CEMAC Nanbudo tournament with 18 medals, including 15 gold medals. The win, which is the fourth in a row, was praised by the coaching staff even when the country did not perform so well compared to the previous edition in 2021 when it won 21 gold medals.
"Cameroon's level is good compared to what we expected at the start of the 2023 sporting season, which comes after a major break in competitions," said national nanbudo coach Me Célestin Tamleu Simo on national radio.
The Cameroon Nanbudo Federation is equally satisfied. "We're staying the course. We are the strongest nanbudo nation in Africa. We are resolutely focused on the African nanbudo championship in 2024," commented Justine Diffo, who was appointed head of the federation last February. Burundi, special guests at this 4th edition of the CEMAC Nanbudo tournament finished second with 21 medals, including 5 gold.
The Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad won each two medals, including one gold. Only Equatorial Guinea finished with no medals. The tournament is part of the peace-building efforts in the Central African region, where there are some hotbeds of tension.