X-country opened up to all


Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has opened up participation in Satuday’s national cross-country championship to all runners wishing to compete.

AAM general secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said the decision was taken to accommodate those that failed to compete at a regional level last weekend.

The national event, scheduled for Mzuzu Golf Course, will produce four athletes to represent Malawi at the African Cross-Country championship in Cameroon next month.


“Runners of all age groups are free to compete. We would like those who will qualify to face very stiff competition,” Chitembeya said.

He hinted that more than 300 runners are expected to fight for the right to represent the country at the continental event.

The association’s president, Godfrey Phiri, said having assessed the regional championships’ results, he was sure that the contest will be tough.


“I have talked to our three regional committees, and they have all reported that their athletes are sweating blood in preparation for the championship,” Phiri pointed out.

Central Region Athletics Committee chairperson, John Mwathiwa, said he had assembled 16 athletes ready to emerge victorious.

Some of the familiar names expected in Mzuzu are Tereza Master, Doris Fisher, Francis Khanje, Mike Tebulo, Nancy Matanda, Nalicy Chirwa and Cecilia Mhango.

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