Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) and Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) have said the onus is on their athletes to perform beyond stakeholders’ expectations at next month’s Commonwealth Games after being picked to represent the country.
This follows a hearty send-off which the two sport codes were accorded ahead of the games that will attract more than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories.
Team Malawi consists of two sport codes—netball and athletics—after others missed the campaign due to their failure to qualify for the Games that are held every four years.
Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, said they have been accorded a hearty send-off and there was need to repay the nation by impressing at the Games.
“We know that a lot is expected from us and we will try our best not to disappoint,” Matiya said.
AAM President, Godfrey Phiri, dangled a carrot for the athletes, saying the association would give K500,000 to any medal-winning runner
“We are doing this to inspire our athletes. Being one of the two sport codes representing the country calls for us to perform in line with expectations,” he said.
Team Malawi was unveiled at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Friday before the Australian Embassy treated athletes and officials to a cocktail.
“We organised this cocktail to promote the forthcoming Games as well as wish Team Malawi all the best before the event starts,” the embassy’s Second Secretary, Ananya Srivastava, said.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila, graced the occasion alongside Principal Secretary, Joseph Mwandidya, Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama, Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board Chairman, James Chuma, MNCS Executive Secretary George Jana and Malawi Olympic Committee President, Oscar Kanjala.
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