African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 officials are in the country to assess Malawi’s preparedness ahead of Youth Games slated for December 2 to 11 in Lilongwe.
AUSC Region 5 Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya is leading the officials on their tour of duty.
While in the country, the officials are assessing facilities earmarked to host the games.
In addition, the officials met local federations of sporting disciplines such as football, swimming, volleyball, basketball, athletics and tennis.
They also toured Griffin Saenda Sports Complex (GSSC) and Aquatic Sports Complex (both under construction), Bingu National Stadium (BNS), Africa Bible College (ABC) and Civo Stadium.
GSSC is expected to host netball and volleyball whereas BNS and Civo Stadium are earmarked to host athletics and football.
ABC and Civo courts are expected to host basketball.
The officials expressed satisfaction with Malawi’s level of preparedness ahead of the games.
However, they also noted some grey areas in the case of some infrastructure, recommending that facilities such as Civo and ABC courts be improved to international standards.
On the Aquatic Sports Complex, the officials noted that there was good progress but advised the contractors to speed up construction works to meet the September deadline.
Speaking after the inspection exercise, Mutoya said he was impressed with the preparations.
“We are optimistic that Malawi will be a successful host of the games. There will from the Malawi Government and we are happy with the work that has been done,” he said.
Since last year, the officials have been visiting the country to assess the level of preparedness for the Games.
Over 3,500 athletes and officials are expected to be in the country for the Games from various Southern African countries.
The athletes will compete in sporting codes such as athletics, volleyball, football and basketball.