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IAAF to inspect Bingu Stadium

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Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has disclosed that International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will send officials to inspect the yet-to-be-opened Bingu National Stadium to check whether it can host major athletics events.

The association’s President Godfrey Phiri attended a three-day special congress in France where he lobbied for Malawi to host major events.

“I was in France for three days where I took advantage of the special congress to enlighten top IAAF officials that Malawi now has state-of-art facility. They have since welcomed our proposal and if all goes according to plans, then they will come in January to inspect the venue,” he said.

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According to IAAF requirements, a standard athletics venue should have eight-lane running track as well as an alternative upper stadium venue with a minimum of a six-lane running track.

Phiri is convinced that Bingu National Stadium can pass the test and be certified fit.

The facility’s Operations Manager, Eric Ning’ang’a, said they would welcome IAAF officials to inspect the venue.

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“We have no doubts that BNS can be certified fit to host major athletics events,” he said.

Bingu National Stadium was constructed by Chinese Contractor with a concessional loan from the Chinese Government to the tune of $65 million (about K29 billion) payable in 20 years with a grace period of seven years and an annual interest rate of two percent.

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