Local athletes risk missing out on funding from Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca) if they fail to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil.
Anoca has about U$ 607,000 in its coffers meant to help federations to prepare their teams if they qualify for Olympic Games.
The funds are given upon request to Anoca affiliates with athletes that have qualified for Olympics. The money is for advanced training.
Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) President, Oscar Kanjala, confirmed that if Malawi Team fails to qualify for the Olympic Games, then it will not be entitled to access the funds.
Kanjala said Anoca made the resolution in 2012 after the London Olympic Games where African athletes fared poorly.
“When Africa as a whole performed poorly, Anoca came up with that project. However, to access funds you need to qualify for the games, so that we can ask Anoca to fund us for further training before the Olympics,” he said.
“We are still waiting for the sport codes to qualify for Olympics Games. As I have always said, it is important to give the teams a higher level of training so that they can better their performance. However, this won’t happen unless athletes themselves qualify for the Olympic Games.”
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, asked Moc to assist local sport codes with domestic training if they are to qualify for the Olympics.
“We need the support of the corporate world, Moc and the government for us to realise our dream of qualifying for the Olympics,” he said.
Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) Vice-President, Pyson Likagwa, echoed the statements.
“We need to prepare well to impress in qualifying games, but there is need for collaborated effort,” he said.
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