Olympics hopeful calls for support

BEACON OF HOPE—Liffa showing medals

National record breaker Stern Liffa has issued an emotional message, calling for support in his quest to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was shifted to this year from last year.

“It is my hope that well-wishers will support not only me but other athletes that are currently in camp preparing for Olympic Games qualifiers. We are looking for equipment. In my case I am looking for sprinting resources. We also need support in terms of nutrition so that our body should be in shape. If we do well, it means the nation has done well,” said the second year student at Malawi University of Science and Technology.

The 24-year-old Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Knowledge said well-wishers can make material support instead of cash.


Liffa is among six athletes currently camping in Lilongwe for Olympics qualifiers slated for Botswana next month and South Africa in June.

Liffa has been breaking records since he accidentally joined athletics in 2018.

He first broke Eston Kaonga’s national record [21:88] when he competed in an international championship in Gaborone, Botswana in 2018 after clocking 21:78


In August 2019, Liffa also broke the 100m national record after posting 10:79 beating the previous record of 10:88 which Kaonga set in New Zealand.

Liffa then turned to his own 200m record after improving it to 21:31 from 21:75. Then he also broke his own 100m after improving it from 10:79 to 10:71.

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