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Youth Games end today in Lilongwe

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Henry Mereka

The curtain is expected to come down on the National Youth Games at Bingu National and Civo stadia in Lilongwe today.

The local athletes competed in football, volleyball, netball, basketball and athletics in preparation for December’s Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games.

Malawi National Council of Sports organised the games.

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At the end of the games, teams and individuals are expected to walk away with prizes in all the five sporting codes.

Sport Council Executive Secretary Henry Mereka officially opened the games on Monday, describing them as a good platform for identifying athletes to represent Malawi during the Region 5 Games.

“The aim of the National Youth Games is to identify talent and also nurture it. We believe that, through the Games, we will identify good athletes who will represent Malawi. We are hosting the games; so, we need to set an example by winning more medals,” Mereka said.

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Some 850 athletes from both public and private schools made it to the Games.

Malawi Schools Sports Association President Blackson Malamula said he was impressed with the level of competition.

“What we have seen here is very encouraging. There is talent all over and the future looks bright. We are so happy with the progress made so far and the level of performance,” Malamula said.

Civo Stadium hosted basketball whereas football and volleyball were being played at Bingu National Stadium.

In today’s finals, Central East Education Division will meet North East Education Division (Need) in the Under-15 finals while Need and Central West Education Division will clash in the Under-17 finals.

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