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Council to audit Athletics Association of Malawi

SUFFERING IN SILENCE—Some athletes are owed money

Malawi National Council of Sports has revealed plans to audit Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) for the grant it got from International Associations Athletics Federation for the 2017/2018 period.

Furthermore, Sports Council has also asked AAM to always produce audited accounts following a series of complaints that the local athletics body was allegedly mismanaging funds.

This is contained in a statement which Council released on Wednesday after meeting AAM executive members and some of its affiliates.

“Malawi National Council of Sports to conduct an audit of 2017/18 IAAF grant. AAM must pay off the outstanding amounts to the athletes and officials who participated in previous competition under their (AAM) supervision,” part of statement signed by Mereka read.

Meanwhile, Mereka has asked AAM to be transparent when handling various funds including IAAF grants.

Sports Council has also tipped the body to be holding annual general meeting as well as formulate a strategic plan.

“Council noted with concerns increased conflicts within Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) which is contributing to poor performance of athletes as well as lack of development of the Sport in general.

“Council observed lack of development plan, lack of competitions/ programs both on local and International scene, lack of medals on Continental and World Levels demonstrated by poor performance of athletes at such competitions,” he said

Mereka said also demanded that AAM should develop turn round strategies that will deliver and bring glory to the nation as well as setting up a secretariat and constitutional review.

AAM General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, confirmed the meeting describing it as an eye opener.

“It was a wake-up call. I can’t say much but we will surely address all the concerns which have been raised,” he said.

Council called for a meeting on Monday to resolve conflicts currently hitting AAM and its affiliates.

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