Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama has said Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has no reason to fail to organise tournaments following the commissioning of three international standard boxing rings.
Msungama, made the remarks at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday, when the government and Malawi National Council of Sports officially presented equipment including headgears, gumshields and gloves valued at K45 million.
Msungama asked Maba to safeguard the equipment while promoting the sport.
“Maba will have no excuses for failing to organise boxing competitions to identify and develop more boxers. We expect to see a lot of boxing programmes in the country and winning of more boxing belts,” he said.
“Let me therefore encourage the Malawi Boxing Association to take proper care of the rings so that they last long to benefit more generations of boxers.”
MNCS Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise made similar statements, encouraging officials to take care of the equipment.
“They were asking for this equipment; now the ball is in their hands. We want them to use the equipment wisely,” he said.
Maba President Pyson Likagwa hailed the government for the support.
“We were using equipment which was procured over 20 years ago. We are happy to have finally received standard boxing rings,” he said.
Likagwa said the equipment was a boost as Maba was preparing for Region 5 Games slated for December this year in Lesotho and next year when Malawi stages the event.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board Second-Vice President Frank Chibisa was also in attendance and he said the equipment would help the country produce top boxers.