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Zomba street wrestling returns

Preparations for this year’s Zomba Street Wrestling Championship have commenced, with the competition scheduled to enter its third edition.

Sponsor Bright Limani said arrangements were being made to have the contest in June.

“We started this competition in 2016 at Chinamwali in Zomba and we returned two years later. We are now preparing for the third edition as we aim at making the game more visible,” Limani said.

He said despite taking place in the old capital, it would not be restricted to Zomba residents only.

“This is an open contest. We welcome all wrestlers within the country to register and join us in the competition. We will have both men’s and ladies’ categories and the registration fee is K1,000.

“We will continue to have the competition at Chinamwali as we continue to market and promote street wrestling. It is sad that the game seems to have stagnated since it was introduced in 2014 and it is our responsibility to popularise it,” Limani said.

He said there are plans to introduce categories for wrestlers to compete based on their weight and age.

Limani said the competition has found it difficult to grow to expected heights because of a limited budget.

2018 champion Tennyson Malikebu said he was geared to defend the title.

“I have since started preparing to defend my championship. I know that my opponents are spending sleepless nights trying to find ways of dethroning me but I am not surrendering my crown,” Malikebu, a third-year Public Administration student at Chancellor College in Zomba, said.

Organisers are registering contestants through TNM’s Mpamba on 0881090306.

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