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Sports Council rebuffs Mary Waya

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Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has rejected Mary Waya’s sponsorship proposal for her exchange programme trip to England.

The netball legend, through the Mary Waya Foundation and Academy, requested for K900,000 from the Sports Council for her to undertake various activities including coaching clinics and inspirational speeches at The Downs Netball Club in England.

Waya wrote to the Sports Council on May 8, 2017 requesting the assistance.

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“I would like to bring to your attention that I have been invited to the United Kingdom by the Downs Netball Club for a series of inspirational talks and coaching events that will take place in June 2017.

“The visit is very important to increase the visibility of Mary Waya Netball Academy and raise my profile as a netballer in Malawi. I believe this is a huge recognition of Malawi’s talent in netball which is worth exporting to other countries,” read the letter in part.

Waya could not be reached for her comment.

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However, the Sports Council, through its Executive Secretary, George Jana, stated that it was not in a position to provide funding.

“While Council fully appreciates the work that Mary Waya Foundation and Academy are doing in the country and while further appreciating potential benefits your tour of England would eventually accrue to the country at large, we regrettably from a policy premise, not be in a position to assist your organisation as it is a private entity or no connections to the Council in its structures. However, since your activities border on development of netball, you may wish to seek and obtain the required assistance from or through the Netball Association of Malawi,” reads the letter dated May 9 2017 and signed by Jana.

When contacted Jana said he was engaged in a meeting.

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