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Richard Chimwendo banda

Malawi will be sending a delegation of 38 people including 22 athletes and 16 officials to the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games slated to start on July 28.

The delegation was unveiled during the send-off ceremony held at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe on Monday night.

Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda urged Team Malawi to fight for honours.

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“They are carrying Malawi’s flag and it is our wish that they should bring medals. We have talented athletes and it is my hope that they will do well,” Chimwendo Banda said.

The first group, which includes Malawi’s Chef de Mission to the Games Henry Sakala, who is Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) Treasurer, will leave today before the final group departs on Friday.

Sakala said the athletes were ready to rumble.

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“This time, we have no tourists and everybody looks in shape. I am very confident that Malawi will bring something back home,” Sakala said.

Malawi Netball National Team, the Queens, headline the list of members of delegation to the Commonwealth Games.

Twelve players and five officials are expected to travel to the Birmingham Games.

Top netball players Mwawi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula, Caroline Mtukule, Takondwa Lwazi and Jane Chimaliro are part of the squad for the Commonwealth Games.

In athletics, Team Malawi has Asimenye Simwaka, Stern Liffa, Farook Mponda and coach Pachisi Nyasulu.

The list also comprises three boxers Elias Bonzo, Luwis Zakeyu Mbewe, Natasha Maya and coach Kassim Makwinja.

In judo, Team Malawi will be represented by Austin Chikwapula and Harriet Boniface. Coach Christopher Chilasa will accompany the pair.

Two swimmers, Tsinde Kumbatira and Jessica Makwenda, and coach Brave Lifa are also travelling to the Commonwealth Games.

Dr Jones Kaponda Masiye, who is also Moc commissioner, is the team doctor.

Meanwhile, the delegation has received a timely boost after MultiChoice Malawi donated a GOtv decoder to each of the 38 members.

Earlier on the day, Nagowa donated pairs of shoes to the Queens to be used ahead of the trip.

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