Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has disclosed plans to include unregistered athletes to take part in the Sunbird Ku Chawe race set for July 18.
Last week, Sunbird Tourism Limited announced its return to bankroll the event that was last held in 2001.
AAM president, Godfrey Phiri, said being an open race they had sent invitations to different clubs across the country.
“Being an open championship, we plan to accommodate everyone who intends to participate in the race. However, we will do it in an orderly way. Athletes willing to take part must collect registration forms at Zomba Community, Mzuzu Hotel, Capital and Lilongwe Hotels, Kamuzu Institute for Sports and Mount Soche Hotel among others,” he said.
Phiri said they intend to accommodate over 100 athletes during the return of the Ku Chawe race.
The AAM president thanked Sunbird for pumping in about K1 million to cater for individual prizes during the race.
“It’s not a secret, but we are really starving in terms of sponsorship. For Sunbird to return we don’t take it lightly. We hope our athletes will give out their best to impress every stakeholder including the sponsor,” he said.
Phiri said the return of Sunbird Ku Chawe race was vital for the development of the sport in the country.
“This is where we also identify young athletes whom we can groom for international events. We also use such race to evaluate the performances of athletes,” he said.
Sunbird Tourism marketing manager, Titania Katenga- Kaunda, said they wanted to help AAM identify raw talent.
She said plans were underway to make the event annual
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