Four local swimmers are undergoing a week-long camp in Stellenbosch, South Africa, ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which were shifted to this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pre-Olympic training has attracted swimmers from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, eSwatini, Angola, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania and Benin.
The four swimmers are Mohamed Ali Moosa, Filipe Gomes, Tayamika Chang’anamuno and Ammara Pinto, who have been accompanied by National Coach Yona Walesi.
Walesi said the training was ideal as Malawi bids to do well at the Olympics.
“The trainings have started well and our swimmers are coping well for now. We still have a long way to go to finish the exercise,” he said.
The camp started on Sunday and will end on Saturday.
Malawi Aquatic Union (Mau) President Willie Tafatatha said the camp was ideal to help the swimmers improve their performance before the Olympics.
“The reason we have these swimmers in the camp is for them to try to achieve the qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympics since there will be a competition at the end of this training camp,” he said.
The world athletics body, Fédération Internationale De Natation, has sponsored the activity but Swimming South Africa has facilitated the exercise.