Time is running out for officials without basic sports administration qualifications, Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana has warned.
Jana delivered the warning on Thursday evening through his speech marking the end of a two-day Malawi Sports Induction Workshop for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Podium Performance Programme at the College of Medicine Sports Complex High Performance Centre in Blantyre.
The Sports Council boss said he was disappointed that sports administrators shun sport management certificate and advanced certificate programmes, which the council has, with government funding, been administering since 2008, courtesy of University of Pretoria, South Africa.
“Apart from the first cohort, we have not had more than 25 officials from sports associations. We will shortly be making it a requirement for anybody serving in an executive position in associations to have this qualification,” Jana said.
Jana further condemned some sports administrators who only attend training when there is an assurance of allowances, noting that it was only in Malawi sports where people ask for pay to be taught.
Speaking earlier, AUSC general manager Stanley Mutonya hailed the programme as a vehicle for enhancing athletes performance through sports science and sports medicine.
“This road we are treading requires collaboration. It is not about what coaches, athletes and administrators are doing, but our language is what are doing.Change begins with you,” Mutonya said.