Despite revising its budget for the forthcoming Olympic and Africa Day Celebrations, Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) is facing K11 million shortfall.
Malawi will celebrate the Olympic Day on July 11 in Lilongwe with a number of activities including an international marathon expected to draw participants from 10 countries.
Moc president, Oscar Kanjala, confirmed the budget for the event had been trimmed from K35 million to K26 million.
“The activities haven’t been affected despite revising the budget. We have a certain service provider who will take care of such activities,” he said.
Kanjala called on well-wishers to support the Olympic Day celebration because it was of national interest.
Moc was appointed to host the Olympic Day Marathon after being offered sponsorship for the event by Mitsubishi through the Japanese Embassy to Malawi.
Mitsubishi, which has sponsored marathons in Kenya, decided to move this programme to Malawi.
Recently, Malawi National Council of Sports executive secretary, George Jana, said at a meeting of Olympic Committees of Southern Africa, agreed to celebrate the Olympic Day as one family.
Jana said it was resolved that each of the 10 countries should feature in the marathon a minimum of eight athletes split into four male and four female in the following events: Veterans (one each between male and female), active athletes (one each between male and female), juniors (one each between male and female), the disabled (one each between male and female).
The organising committee comprises representatives from the Ministry of Sports, Sports Council, Moc, Japanese Embassy and Athletics Association of Malawi.
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