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Olympic medalist tips Malawi athletes 

By Mphatso Malidadi:

Two-time gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Dame Kelly Holmes, has said Malawian athletes need determination and a balanced diet to make it big on the global stage.

The former British middle distance runner was speaking at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre on Saturday during a motivational talk to different sports personalities.

Holmes reiterated the sentiments on the sidelines of a cocktail reception at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre which was organised by the British High Commission.

“Athletes need energy to perform and fuel to repair. Therefore, you need to know the type and amount of food you take for a particular sport.

“Timing for doing that is also important because that has an impact on your overall performance. Without proper nutrition, your performance can be compromised. You must also be determined if you are to realise your goal,” she said.

Holmes also said, despite eyeing an Olympic medal at the age of 12, she achieved the feat aged 34.

The Briton is 48 years old and won gold in both 800m and 1,500m distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Speaking at the cocktail, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila, said there is need to invest in nutrition in the country.

“The government provides extra meals to primary schools and is ensuring that pregnant women have good food to give birth to healthy children,” Kasaila said.

British High Commissioner, Holly Tett, said Holmes will be involved in a number of charitable events besides running and cycling across Zomba Plateau, Mulanje Mountain and kayaking on Lake Malawi during the Orbis 2018 Challenge.

Holmes arrived in Malawi on Thursday and leaves on Saturday.

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