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Re-elected tennis boss pledges more

Re-Elected Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) President, Wilson Kyumba, has promised to revive the sport by, among other initiatives, introducing more competitions for junior and senior players.

Kyumba was re-elected unopposed during elections held at Boadzulu Resort in Mangochi District on Saturday when 63 delegates were in attendance.

“We need to take tennis back to where it belongs. This is why my committee will work tirelessly to introduce more competitions for senior and junior players,” he said.

Meanwhile, LTAM will hold an Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) to adopt the amended constitution.

This follows a request from the delegates that they needed time to go through the constitution before making their contributions.

“So, we will call for an EGM later to deliberate finally,” said the association’s General Secretary, Stan Kaunda, who was re-elected after defeating MacDonald Soko 48-13.

Among the proposed changes to the constitution is the extension of tenure of office from two to four years and also barring under-18 players from voting.

“We came up with the proposed changes due to various reasons. Firstly, we want the duration of the tenure extended for the sake of continuity as recommended by the Malawi National Council of Sports. We also want players that are 18 and above to vote as there are fears that they can be exploited easily,” he said.

During the polls, Taonga Mtegha was elected Vice- President unopposed whereas Jonathan Pinifolo was voted Vice-Secretary.

Rachel Thyolani is Treasurer whereas Owen Mfune, Gift Kaiwalika, Benjamin Hayes and Soko are Executive Committee members.

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