College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex has disclosed plans to launch a sports academy for up-and-coming athletes.
Academies offer athletes speciliased training over a long period, while also taking care of their psychological and nutrition needs.
CoM official Grant Longwe said the academy is aimed at contributing to sports development in the country.
“Research has shown that most athletes complain that they fail to perform well during international tournaments because of lack of good facilities for training.
“Sports Complex has, therefore, responded to this call by opening up to the general public through this academy. Once selected, the athletes will be exposed to international standards of athletics trainings,” Longwe said.
He said students from secondary schools around Blantyre will compete for space at the academy.
“To spice up the event, students and patrons to the event will participate in aerobics to be conducted by the best aerobics trainer in Malawi, Charles ‘Chalie’ Kachipande and watch kendo and karatae demonstrations,” he said.
The students will compete in athletics events such as short-put, discuss, tennis and paralympics [athletics and weightlifting].
Longwe said once the programmes roll out, other sports codes such as swimming, kendo, karate, judo, high jump and chess will also be added.
Targeted students are those aged from 14 to 18 years.