Malawi’s Region 5 Youth Games athletes will undergo two more training camps before the biennial competition in December.
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) spokesperson Edgar Ntulumbwa said they intend to hold additional camp trainings in September and November to prepare the athletes.
“We held another camp training last month [June] from where we picked 293 athletes out of 400 for further training.
“Currently, we have 16 swimmers who are in camp at Sun-and-Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi. In total, we expect to have 309 athletes in camp by September if everything goes according to plan,” Ntulumbwa said.
He said the plan is to have 245 athletes representing Malawi at the developmental games.
In preparation for the regional tournament, athletes from football, volleyball, netball, basketball, athletics, paralympics, lawn tennis, judo, taekwondo and boxing camped last month.
This will be the first time for the country to host the games.
Last week, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) inter-ministerial committee urged Malawi to engage an extra gear in preparation for the 10th edition of the Games slated for December 2-11 in Lilongwe.
The officials toured facilities earmarked to host the Games in Lilongwe.
Region 5 Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya, who is also the chairperson of the Region Organising Committee (ROC), said they were pleased with the progress Malawi is making.
“We would like to urge speeding up of the preparations particularly on the football pitch basketball court at Civo Stadium. There is also a need to commence works on rehabilitating the Games Village,” Mutoya told this paper.
Civo has since been closed for renovations as it is expected to host the 2022 Cosafa Under-17 Boys Championship which will also be used as qualifiers for the African Youth Championship.
Apart from Civo Stadium, the officials inspected the Griffin Saenda Indoor Sports Complex, the Aquatic Sports Complex (both under construction), Natural Resources College (NRC) and Nalikule Teachers Training College.
Nalikule and NRC will be the Games’ villages.