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Malawi Paralympic Committee takes talent identification to Nkhotakota

Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) is continuing with its talent identification exercise targeting visually impaired athletes.

The scouting will take place at Nkhotakota Community Centre Ground tomorrow morning.

MPC Paralympic Committee Chairperson, Joseph Galanje, said a similar exercise took place in Central Region districts such as Mchinji.

“Last month, we identified six athletes in Lilongwe. We are targeting 10 athletes from the Central Region. We will move to the Northern Region where we will identify 10 athletes to join those selected from the Southern Region early this month,” Galanje said.

He further said the athletes will be trained for a national tournament. Successful athletes from the national event will be selected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

“The whole exercise started last year and we hope to be done by November so that we can concentrate on the training of the athletes,” Galanje added.

MPC President, James Chiutsi, recently said the talent identification was also meant to raise awareness among parents of visually impaired children on the need for their participation in sports.

The athletes compete in the 100 metres and 200 metres based on the degree of their impairment in men’s and ladies’ categories.

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