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2016 Athletics calendar out

They might—as is the case with most organisations— have some weaknesses, but when it comes to producing its calendar of events in time, Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) is a model of excellence among local sports associations.

On Wednesday, AAM unveiled its line-up of activities to its stakeholders, including the media. No other domestic sports association has released its events.

Lack of event calendars lead to ‘fire-fighting’ sports administration in Malawi.

Usually, such a calendar release should not be news worthy, but such are sports administration gaps only a few associations will even dare let anyone know about their 2016 business.

On its 2016 calendar, AAM will start the year by playing an advisory role during Malawi Defence Force Inter- Cross Country Championship at Gymkana Golf Course in Zomba on January 20.

Some eight days later, athletes in Nkhata Bay, Machinga and Dowa districts will compete during regional cross-country championships.

The best from these competitions will be considered to represent Malawi at International Association of Athletics Federation (Iaaf) Permit in Lagnane, Italy later in the year. After the regional crosscountry championship, the stage will be set for a national cross-country championship at Kamuzu Institute for Sports on February 13 in Lilongwe.

Next, schools track and field events will follow in all the districts on February 20, followed by camp training at the same institute involving athletes earmarked for African Cross-Country Championship in Cameroun in March.

In total, there are 41 events AAM has planned for 2016, including Ku Chawe Race and Blantyre City Marathon, which should have been held in 2015.

AAM general secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said the calendar was for them to achieve their dream of winning medals this year.

“As for funding, we are banking on our annual grant from government and $15,000 (about K7 million) from Iaaf,” Chitembeya explained.

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