By Isaac Salima:
Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) President James Chiutsi has been dropped from the delegation that will represent the country at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan.
The Daily Times understands that Chiutsi was supposed to lead a delegation of seven people to the tournament but has been told not to go with reasons not given.
MPC Vice General Secretary Memory Baluwa has confirmed the news saying Chiutsi will not be part of the delegation for the event that runs from August 24 to September 5.
“Indeed he is not going. We would have loved him to be there so that he helps in cementing relationships between MPC and International Paralympic Committee. However we respect the decision that has been made,” Baluwa said.
Chiutsi said he was disappointed with the decision but respected it.
“I have been told not to go. I am disappointed especially after being cleared. This will impact on relationship with other partners and sport for people with disabilities in Malawi. However, I respect government’s decision,” he said.
Athlete Taonele Banda and Coach Agness Chikwakwa Jamali, team doctor Mavuto Chawinga and Chief of the Mission Baluwa are expected to make the trip.
Malawi National Council of Sports acting spokesperson Faith Mlauzi described the composition of the delegation as normal.
“When coming up with the number of delegates, we consider one’s responsibilities and the criticality of their role. Initially Malawi had two athletes scheduled to participate at the upcoming Paralympic Games; however, one athlete did not qualify on technical issues, leaving Malawi with only one athlete.
“The participation of one and not two athletes necessitated the recomposition of the team to a more manageable size. The accommodation for the athletes and the coaching stuff was paid for by the international Paralympic Committee. The accommodation of the other team members and government officials was yet to be paid,” Mlauzi said in response to a questionnaire.