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Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi in presidential tourney

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Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) is set to hold this year’s Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) Tennis Championship at the Malawi National Tennis Centre in Blantyre this weekend.

The centre is located at the Country Club in Limbe.

The championship is expected to attract players from different tennis zones including Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

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So far, over 30 players have registered to take part in the event which starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday.

LTAM General Secretary, Stan Kaunda, said the tournament has come at the right time as senior players will use it to gauge their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Malawi Open Tennis Championship later this year.

“Senior players have been training for a while and it is their time to battle for honours. They will have to prove that they are in good shape and can perform beyond expectations,” Kaunda said.

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He said junior players will, after examination, be given the chance to compete in the tournament’s senior category to test their skills against experienced players.

“We can’t deny youngsters the opportunity to play with senior players. We believe that by doing so, they will learn a lot from the seniors.

“As administrators, we will ensure that we allow junior players who have proved that they are now mature to show us what they can do in this competition. Otherwise, beginners and those that are very young will not be allowed. They will still need to develop before graduating to the senior category,” Kaunda concluded.

PIS was introduced in 2008 by government to promote development of various sporting activities at grassroots level.

However, most sports associations have been using funds from the competition to organise competitions across the board.

This has resulted in already established athletes benefitting from the initiative at the expense of talent identification.

Football Association of Malawi recently announced that it was stopping all league teams from competing in PIS so that only small grassroots teams can benefit in line with government’s objectives.

Volleyball Association of Malawi also redirected funds from its PIS for competitions in various schools across the country’s educational divisions.

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