Newly elected Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (Wabam) has introduced affiliation fee for individuals and clubs wishing to be registered with the body.
Individual athletes wishing to be affiliated with the body must pay K12,000 registration fee annually whereas clubs are supposed to pay K20,000 annual fee.
Wabam President, Arox Kamng’ona, said the introduction of the registration fee was meant to bring sanity to the sport.
“There were some issues which required review to develop the sport. We are setting clubs and regional committees to easily manage the sport. The registration fee is for members to have our backing and enjoy the programmes which we will line up,” he said.
Kamng’ona said the new committee has also changed its approach towards national events.
“In the meantime we want to formulate our four year strategic plan. We will not rush to hold events as we want to be guided by the strategic plan,” he said.
One of the country’s well-known bodybuilders, Yasin ‘Ichocho’ Suwedi, said the new committee must make itself relevant to attract membership.
“We were against the previous committee because they did not mind about athletes. I don’t think bodybuilders and weightlifters can be happen to train without taking part in competitions,” he said.
During recent polls, Bright Limani was elected as the committee’s Vice President whereas female bodybuilder, Doreen Kumbatira, was elected General Secretary.
Kelvin Tambala is the Vice Secretary.
Former Wabam General Secretary, Harold Mwayang’ana was elected Treasurer with Mohammed as Vice Treasurer.