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TO COMPETE ONLINE—Local boxers

Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has joined the list of sports organisations that are conducting competitions using the internet due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This follows the government’s suspension of sports activities on March 20 in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

The association’s Vice President, Francis Kadzakalowa, said the competition will have fighters from all the three regions of the country.

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“We just want to find ways of keeping our boxers busy during this period of inactivity. The boxers will start with competing at regional level. Thereafter, we will have a national contest for those who will perform well during the qualifiers,” Kadzakalowa said.

He said to join the competition, athletes will be required to send video clips of their boxing skills to their regions which will shortlist five for the national contest.

“We have asked our regions to submit the top five videos of their best boxers. This means there will be 15 boxers who will fight for the top three slots. These are the ones that will win various prizes.

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“We want to ensure that our boxers do not go astray with other activities during the suspension of sports. We want them to continue training wherever they are so that they maintain their fitness. This will help to hit the ground running when the suspension is lifted,” Kadzakalowa said.

He said 102 boxers have so far registered to be part of the competition.

Northern Region has registered 10, Central Region 42 while Southern Region has entered 53.

Southern Region Boxing Committee Chairperson, Arthur Makwera, commended Maba for the initiative, saying it was good for the development of the game.

“We are part of this great initiative. Our officials are already on the ground with the boxers while strictly observing Covid-19 prevention measures. We have managed to reconnect with our boxers and they are excited to compete again,” Makwera said.

Other sports bodies that have organised online competitions are Drafts Association of Malawi and Chess Association of Malawi.

There is a possibility that the suspension would be lifted in the course of the year as the government is working with various stakeholders on the matter.

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