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‘Weightlifters must qualify’

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Weightlifters hoping to represent Malawi at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia must meet the qualifying time for the global event.

Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (WBAM) General Secretary, Harold Mwayang’ana, noted that winning a local national championship might not be enough for the athletes to earn selection into the Games squad.

He said this ahead of a qualifying tournament which the association is scheduled to hold at Blantyre Youth Centre on May 27.

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Mwayang’ana said there was no use in selecting unqualified weightlifters for the Games.

“We don’t want to go to Australia with a hopeless squad. We want to go there with hope. Therefore, we have communicated to the weightlifters to keep checking their progress during preparations because winning the local championship will not be enough if they fail to meet the requirements,” he said.

Mwayang’ana said the association was yet to decide on how many weightlifters would be picked for the Games.

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“The decision will depend on a number of factors, including funding and how many weightlifters have met the standard qualifying time,” he said.

Normally, outstanding weightlifters drawn from such events are selected for major events, including the Commonwealth Games.

Weightlifting is among the sport codes that Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has earmarked for the Games.

The international multi-sport event will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15 2018.

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