The Vale Logistics national volleyball championship will take place from June 8 to 10 at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.
The tournament will attract 18 teams from all the three regions of the country.
The total package of the sponsorship is K6.7 million, and includes sensitisation campaigns in Balaka, Neno, Mwanza and Machinga districts where Vale’s railway passes through from Moatize in Mozambique.
As hosts, Southern Region Volleyball League will contribute eight teams, with their Central and Northen region counterparts sending five teams each to the tournament.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) Vice-President, James Kaunda, said the sponsorship was aimed at developing volleyball among the country’s top clubs as they prepare for this year’s Zone VI Senior Volleyball Club Championships in Durban, South Africa.
Kaunda was optimistic that, through the sponsorship, the association would be able to expose many talented volleyball players in the country.
“We believe that through the sponsorship, we will be able to identify a lot of players in the game. We are really grateful to Vale Logistics for its commitment to develop the game,” Kaunda said.
Winners in the men’s category will pocket K600,000, with the runners up getting K300,000.
Champions in the ladies’ category will get K500,000 with the runners up walking away with K280,000.
There will also be monetary prizes for positions three and four in both categories plus individual awards.
Malawi National Council of Sports Regional Sports Development Officer (Centre), Isaac Phiri, hailed Vale Logistics for the timely sponsorship.
Phiri appealed to Vam to safeguard the sponsorship by being transparent and accountable, while also meeting the targets agreed with Vale.
“It is not easy to get sponsorship from companies nowadays. For this reason, sports associations should do all they can to jealously guard it so that their teams have something to fight for.
“I have no doubt that Vam will safeguard the sponsorship by being transparent and accountable at all times. The sponsor also wants Vam to help in the safeguarding of the railway line through which coal is transported by train. Vam should work hard to achieve these goals,” he said.
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