Malawi government has invested K20 billion towards construction of new sports infrastructure and renovation of other facilities ahead of the 2022 Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Lilongwe.
Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda disclosed during the corporate breakfast at Bingu International Convention Centre on Thursday.
However, Chimwendo Banda’s remarks come as the country is racing against time to complete Griffin Saenda Sports Complex and Aquatic Sports Complex which will be used to host the December 2-11 Games.
“Government has provided huge funding to sports over the years to ensure that the country hosts successful Games,” Chimwendo Banda said.
Government is also rehabilitating other facilities including Natural Resources College (NRC) and Nalikule Teachers Training College (both Games Village), Bingu National Stadium, Civo Stadium and Silver Stadium.
BNS will host the opening and closing ceremony for the event as well as athletics whereas Civil and Silver will host boys and girls football.
Chimwendo appealed to the corporate world and individuals to use the Games as a business opportunity.
Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer, Chancellor Kaferapanjira, also urged business captains to use the games to market their brands.
“This is a big opportunity for the corporate world. They need to use the Games to be visible to the region. I see more companies coming to pledge more support to the Region 5 Games,” Kaferapanjira said.
Over 2000 athletes will gather in Lilongwe for the Games.
Hosts Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Angola will take part in the event.
The athletes will compete in various sporting codes including football, netball, athletics, boxing, volleyball and basketball.
The Region 5 Youth Games were launched in style recently at a colourful ceremony in Lilongwe.