Malawi Paralympics Committee (MPC) says it will use Sunday’s national junior championship in Blantyre to scout for athletes to represent the country in international competitions.
The junior championship is set for Kamuzu Stadium and over 25 athletes are expected to participate after impressing in regional qualifiers recently.
Each region has produced six outstanding athletes who will depend on MPC for transportation.
However, MPC has an open policy for willing athletes to participate at their cost.
MPC national coach, George Luhanga, backed the policy, saying it would give others a chance to prove themselves.
“Those that did not qualify, but have the means of traveling to Blantyre and compete are free to do so. We want everyone to prove their prowess that their qualification was not a fluke,” he said.
Luhanga said they have notified the athletes to take the competition seriously as they stand a chance to represent Malawi at international competitions, including next year’s African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region Five Youth Games to be held in Angola.
The junior championship comes at a time when the Leasing and Finance Company of Malawi donated K250,000 towards the developmental competition.
The sum will help MPC to complement K2 million which the committee got from Malawi National Council of Sports as an annual subvention.
Meanwhile, Luhanga said Ryalls Hotel has pledged to feed participants during the national finals. The meals will cost K300,000, said MPC president, James Chiutsi.
“This goes a long way in subsidising the championship pegged at K2.4 million. MPC received an annual subvention of K2 million, so the saving will help us run other programmes, like the sitting volleyball that MPC plans to introduce this year,”Chiutsi said.
MPC is an umbrella a body for athletes with physical challenges.
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