Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) can heave a sigh of relief after Malawi National Council of Sports increased grants to the two associations in this financial year.
The Sports Council has allocated Fam K300 million in the proposed budget whereas Nam will receive K200 million, up from K32 million which each association received last year.
The Sports Council’s Executive Secretary, George Jana, confirmed about the grants after meeting the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs in Lilongwe Wednesday.
Overall, the Sports Council was allocated K1.7 billion, representing a 60 percent increase in the National Budget which Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, presented in Parliament last month.
Out of the K1.7 billion, all 43 sports associations affiliated to the Sports Council will share K594 million with football and netball getting the lion’s shares.
As some associations will be crying foul over reduced allocations, the Sports Council has allocated itself K415 million, up from K100 million last year.
The Sports Council attributed its increased allocation to salary arrears dating back to last year.
In an interview after the meeting, Jana said he hopes that some sports associations will carry out their activities without many challenges compared to last year.
“With the increased allocations, we hope the associations will do a lot of programmes especially developmental ones. Some of the associations such as Nam require more resources because most of their activities are done outside Malawi,” Jana said.
Chairperson of the Social and Community Affairs Committee Richard Chimwendo Banda, said they would continue lobbying for increased allocations to sports associations.
“Our feeling as a committee is that the allocations are not enough. Well, this could be due to the resource envelope, but there is much we can do. We are appealing to the private sector to support the associations. But the associations should also find ways of mobilising resources on their own instead of relying on grants,” Chimwendo Banda said.
Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, yesterday was reluctant to comment on the allocations, saying he was yet to get an official communication.
Nam President, Rosy Chinunda, asked to be called later, saying she was in a meeting with the Malawi Netball Queens players currently preparing for Africa Netball Championship scheduled for Uganda at the end of the month.
Chinunda said her association submitted a budget of K400 million to the Sports Council this year. The budget includes the construction of a netball court.
However, most minority sports disciplines have received amounts similar to those of last year.
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) was third on the list of beneficiaries having been allocated K13 million whereas Hockey Association of Malawi will receive K5 million and K7 million for developmental programmes and construction of a stadium, respectively.
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