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The second edition of the Malawi Youth Games has taken a positive step, with some final events slated for today.

Lilongwe is hosting the games at Bingu National, Civo, Nankhaka and Silver stadiums.

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said they expect to wrap up five events.

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“Despite hot weather conditions being experienced here, athletes are putting up impressive performances in different sporting codes for their respective education divisions.

“We will have finals in at least five sporting events of volleyball, basketball, football [for primary schools], netball [also for primary schools] and some events in athletics. So I can assure you that the games are progressing according to schedule. We hope to conclude everything by Saturday [tomorrow],” Ntulumbwa said.

He said the football finals will be staged at Nankhaka, with Silver hosting netball.

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Bingu is expected to host volleyball finals as well as some events in athletics including javelin, discuss, shot-put, and triple and long jump.

This year’s edition of the Games has attracted about 1,200 athletes from the country’s seven education divisions.

The competition, which used to be called Coca-cola Schools Trophy, has not been played for several years due to the Covid pandemic.

It suffered a further blow after Coca-cola also withdrew sponsorship.

But the competition returned last year under a new name of National Youth Games after the government took over sponsorship.

It has since been renamed Malawi Youth Games.

Malawi School Sports Association runs the competition at different levels before the national phase.

In the new format, other sport disciplines such as volleyball, basketball, athletics and paralympics have been incorporated.

Games start at zonal level where best players from competing schools get selected to represent their zones at district level.

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