Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) has told senior players to forget about taking part in international tournaments if they fail to source their own funding.
LTAM General Secretary, Stan Kaunda, made the remarks following a request from senior players to consider funding their participation in international competitions outside the country.
“All over the world, senior players source their own sponsorship to travel and compete in international competitions. Similarly, our senior players must source funding elsewhere if they want to travel and compete in other countries,” he said.
Kaunda said LTAM can only assist the players by backing their sponsorship hunt.
Nevertheless, Kaunda said this year, the association intends to organise three tournaments for the seniors to keep players fit ahead of the Malawi Open Tennis Championship.
“Our mandate, currently, is to run local seniors’ tournaments as well as the Malawi Open. In the meantime, we are discussing with three companies to bankroll three seniors’ tournaments to keep our players in shape before the Malawi Open,” he said.
Senior player, Ronald Kandulu, blamed LTAM for operating without a vision.
“It is true indeed that we are supposed to find our own resources for international competitions. However, I feel that the association has no vision because if they had a strategic plan, they should have sorted this issue long time ago. What is the issue of grooming junior players when you cannot provide adequate seniors’ competitions?” he quizzed.
Kandulu warned that it would take ages for local players to win the men’s section of the Malawi Open.
“We rarely compete in the country and we don’t travel to other countries. Under such circumstances, where do you think we will get exposure to battle against the best? The only time we can win the men’s section of the Malawi Open is when we don’t have serious foreign participants,” he said
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