By Mphatso Malidadi:
About 20 athletes are today expected to start camping in readiness for the World Cross Country Championship set for March 30 in Denmark.
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has gone ahead with the camp training despite facing funding challenges.
AAM General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said they would use part of their grant from world athletics governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (Iaaf), to kick-start the training session.
“As we are waiting for major stakeholders to release funds for the camp, we felt it wise to use part of our grant from Iaaf to get started,” Chitembeya said.
He said they were racing against time and it was important to starting camping now to prepare the athletes.
Chitembeya said AAM was aware of the effects of poor preparations on the performance of athletes, hence the decision to commence preparations in time.
“We want our athletes to improve their time and aim at breaking records. Returning from competitions without medals does not please us at all,” he said.
The full list of athletes and officials to go into camp is as follows:
Lifa , Gift Kawale, Donald Chavula.
2 0 0 m — Khumbo Makwakwa, Stain Lifa and Golden Gunde.
400m—Golden Gunde, Dalitso Gunde, Frank Chitembeya Junior, Afali Gomiwa.
8 0 0 m — Benedicto Makumba.
5000m—Chancy Master, Mirriam Kachingwe, Mudana Phiri, Cecília Mhango, Abina Tchinga, Grevazio Mpani, Jameson Tonde.
10,000m—Kefas Kasiteni Chitsala, Doris Fisha and Mphatso Nandolo.
Full marathon (42.195 kilometres)—Happy Ndacha Mcherenje, McDonald Maganizo and Doris Fisha and Hosea Chaola.
Head of technical— Emmanuel Mlonya
Long distance runners’ coaches—Emmanuel Mlonya and Leonald Dzanja
Middle distance runners’ coach—Francis Munthali Sprinters’ coaches—Ken Dzekedzeke and Precious Chigoneka.
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