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The country’s newest sports body, Malawi Kickboxing Association (Makba), has promised to hit the ground running with medal-winning performances at big international competitions.

According to healthline.com, kickboxing is a form of martial arts that involves punching, kicking and footwork.

The sport incorporates moves from other types of martial arts such as karate and boxing.

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Makba interim General Secretary Bright Limani said they will tap from the pool of talent that is there in various games to produce great athletes.

“Kickboxing has the potential to win medals for Malawi. We have seen what is there in games such as boxing and taekwondo. There are athletes who are very talented. We will bring them into the game and see what they can do,” Limani said.

He said, being an Olympic sport, kickboxing offers athletes chances of wearing medals at various levels.

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“There are many competitions at regional, continental and world levels where our athletes stand a chance to win medals and make Malawi proud. We know that winning medals has not been easy for Malawian athletes but we have come to make a difference,” Limani said.

He said the association’s immediate plans were to introduce competitions and reach out to all the three regions of the country.

Limani said, currently, Makba has clubs in Zomba, Blantyre and Bvumbwe in Thyolo District, with short term-plans to establish more in Lilongwe and Mzuzu before rolling out to all districts.

Benedicto Tsinde is the association’s interim president with Rasat Onur Er and MacFord Phiri as vice presidents. Chenda Mkandawire holds the position of interim treasurer.

Malawi National Council of Sports acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka said the association had made enquiries on procedures to be followed before registering.

“We told them what to do. It is not just a question of registering associations anyhow. They need to be seen on the ground. They must have a footprint. So we will register them after meeting the requirements,” Mereka said.

At world level, kickboxing is run by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations whose head office is in Italy.

It originated in Europe in 1976 and formulated the rules and regulations for the new fighting sport.

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