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‘Indaba to mark sports turnaround’

Richard Chimwendo banda

Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda has described Thursday’s sports indaba as an opportunity for stakeholders to change the status quo.

Chimwendo Banda announced the date for the indaba during the Blantyre 42.195 kilometre race at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre early this month.

The indaba starts Thursday morning at Sunbird Capital and ends Friday afternoon at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Representatives from all 24 associations affiliated to Malawi National Council of Sports and stakeholders from various sectors in sport are expected to attend.

Chimwendo Banda said stakeholders should use the indaba to change the course of sport for the better.

“For quite a long time, sport in Malawi has been retrogressing. This should make us angry because we should have been winning in big international competitions.

“The 24 associations affiliated to Sports Council have been trying their best to revamp sport but they have not managed due to various factors. The indaba will therefore equip the associations with the relevant skills for them to deliver,” he said.

The minister said the indaba will also appreciate the important role the corporate world plays in developing sport.

“Over the years, the corporate world has played a big role in developing sport. As government, we want to use the indaba to bring in more corporate citizens to support all sports disciplines. We want to hear from them on what needs to be done so that they give more support to sport,” he said.

Sports Council Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said all was set for the indaba.

“We will start on Thursday [today] with sports associations at Capital Hotel where we will also launch the sports association management guidelines.

“On Friday [tomorrow], we will move to BICC and the minister will lead a meeting with the corporate world. We expect the face of sport to change for the better after this indaba,” Ntulumbwa said.

Hockey Association of Malawi General Secretary Geoff Biya said they are looking forward to the meeting.

“This is an opportunity for our game to rise. We will use the indaba to sell our game to the corporate world. We therefore thank the government for coming up with initiative. Our belief is that the indaba will help the corporate world appreciate the opportunities that are there in supporting our game,” Biya said.

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