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Minister of Sports and Culture, Grace Chiumia, has admitted that Malawi struggles to put itself on the world sports map due to lack of sound coaches’ education and accreditation.

Chiumia made the admission on Friday during the opening of a Coaches’ Education and Accreditation workshop at Mpira Village in Chiwembe, Blantyre.

“Coaches’ Education and Accreditations is a must and it is a way towards professionalism in sports in the country. We have not been able to significantly place Malawian sports on the international map. We have been enlisting and trusting volunteer coaches when we have not cared much about their qualifications in relation to the group they train and coach,” she said.

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The minister said such situations have compromised care and development of children, who at that point , are at their most vulnerable and formative periods.

She added that during the formative period, children either fall in love with sports or develop a negative attitude and quit sports.

Chiumia said it was important for the coaches to understand and impart basic skills that prepare athletes for higher levels of performance.

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Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) President, Oscar Kanjala, said as an institutions tasked with developing sport in the country, they continuously face challenges of sport development.

“These shortfalls might be in form of: shortage of standard infrastructure, lack of technical expertise and financing for operations, cultural limitations, poor marketing of our brands. This time we are focusing on the technical expertise but specifically the coach,” he said.

Vice-president of International Council of Coaching Excellence and chairperson of South Africa Coaching Commission, Jerry Segwaba, World Anti-Doping Agency Education member, Desiree Vardhan and president of European Athletics Coaches Association, Frank Dick, facilitated the workshop which drew participants from several institutions across Malawi.

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