Malawi’s top archer Areneo David must overcome fright as he opens the floor for Team Malawi at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which officially get underway today in Japan.
According to a brief update from Team Malawi’s Leader of Delegation Flora Mwandira, David will compete in the men’s individual 70-metre recurve event.
David said he was unfazed ahead of the event, saying it was time to prove his prowess at the global event.
“Almost every athlete wants to compete at the Olympics. I know it will be tough but I will show them what I am capable of doing. I am determined to impress. I know all eyes will be on me as I will be the first athlete to compete for Team Malawi. I am hoping for a great start,” he said.
David did not qualify for the Games but was given a slot courtesy of a tripartite arrangement which takes into account athletes’ performances during international championships and world ranking.
Last month, David was ranked third in Africa with a rating of 17.8.
Egyptian Youssof Tolba led the chart with 33.325 whereas his compatriot Sherif Mohamed was second with 30.5.
Mohamed Hammed of Tunisia was fourth with 15.3 while Sudan’s Mujahid Adam was ranked fifth with 13.3.
David, alongside judo star Harriet Boniface, Asimenye Simwaka of athletics and swimmers Phillip Gomez and Jessica Makwenda are flying the country’s flag at the Games.
Team Malawi went to Japan in three groups, with the first delegation leaving the country on July 10.
The second team, comprising Gomez, Makwenda and swimming coach Yona Walesi, left the country on July 17.
The rest of the officials followed on July 20.