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850 soldiers to compete in Malawi Defence Force sports festival

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Over 850 soldiers are expected to compete in 24 sports disciplines during this year’s Malawi Defence Force (MDF) sports festival at Malawi Armed Forces College in Salima District.

The festival’s chairperson, Brigadier General John Chaika, made the disclosure after receiving a donation of K2 million towards the event from Prime Insurance Company in Lilongwe Thursday.

Chaika said they regarded such support as an investment in sports development at national level.

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“MDF is a big contributor to all sports disciplines across the country and this competition will be a show of what we have to offer in sports. We will have soldiers from all our units across the country at this festival.

“Prime Insurance’s support will, therefore, make a difference in the organisation of the festival. It is good that companies are showing commitment to investing in sports and we appreciate their kind gesture. This makes us feel proud to be Malawian. That’s what we are first, before being a soldier,” he said.

Prime Insurance Chief Executive Officer Owen Chihana said they wanted to contribute towards the well-being of the country’s military personnel, who, he said, were critical to national security.

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“It is a requirement for our men in uniform to be fit for their duties at all times. We understand that sports can help build physical fitness and increase resistance to diseases.

“We have supported the soldiers before and our partnership with them has been very cordial. Going forward, we intend to continue reaching out to them,” Chihana said.

He said they had supported the course as part of their corporate social responsibility targeting communities that support their business despite the tough economic times.

The tournament commences on May 24 and ends on May 27, with all MDF units competing in sports disciplines such as football, netball, volleyball and athletics.

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