Malawi Olympic Committee honours athletes


Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) Tuesday rewarded five athletes for performing well during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers held in Lusaka, Zambia, last week.

Two athletes Stern Liffa and Asimenye Simwaka, who made history by qualifying for the 22nd Senior Africa Championship slated for June 1 to 5 in Algiers, Algeria— each pocketed K200,000 whereas coach Pachisi Nyasulu also got the same amount.

Runners Mercy Malembo, Allan Chirwa (not related to the gospel musician) and Sunganani Namakonje each got K100,000.


All the five athletes will remain in camp in Lilongwe until the Olympic Games later this year.

Moc President Jappie Mhango hailed the athletes for performing well.

“The athletes can qualify for the Olympic Games; so, it is important to motivate them. As promised, Moc will give K1.5 million to each athlete who will qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan,” Mhango added.


Athletic Association of Malawi (AAM) President Godfrey Phiri was also satisfied with the performance of the athletes.

“The athletes deserve special recognition for doing the nation proud. Actually, they have qualified for the competition for the first time,” Phiri said.

Both Liffa and Simwaka were excited with the token of appreciation.

Simwaka, who is also Malawi Women’s National Football Team striker, promised to continue working hard.

“We have been motivated to do more. We have no time to relax because the games are just around the corner,” she added.

Liffa broke his 100m record for a third successive time reducing it to 10:36 to 10:38 to win bronze medal.

However, the athlete was unable to compete in the 200m event having

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