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Four athletes earmarked for continental cross-country

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Top four athletes to emerge from this Saturday’s national athletics championship scheduled for Mzuzu will qualify for African Cross- Country championship in Cameroon next month.

Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) president, Godfrey Phiri, said the association is hunting for resources to enable the four to travel.

He appealed to well-wishers to bailout the association from its financial crisis so that it does not miss important international competitions.

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“We are looking for more support from the corporate world. We appreciate the help they have given us over the years, but we need them more now because we are preparing for Olympic Games in Brazil,” Phiri said.

He mentioned air tickets for the athletes as an immediate pressing need.

Turning to results of regional qualifiers that took place over the weekend, Phiri said the times have greatly improved compared to previous years.

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“This gives us the hope that there will be stiff competition this Saturday. The stiff competition will be good for us because then we will be assured of getting only the very best for the continental event,” Phiri noted.

The AAM president said about 200 competitors are expected to fight for the national championship honours.

The championship is also open to interested athletes. Athletes such as Teresa Master did well in Southern Region qualifiers held in Zomba over the weekend.

“We are welcoming everyone to Mzuzu. Those that have made it from the regions need to be given stiff competition, so that we can produce the best for Cameroon,” Phiri concluded.

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