A week long wrestling technical course organised by Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) ended recently in Lilongwe.
It was funded by Olympic Solidarity Trust through MOC upon request from the Wrestling Federation of Malawi and was facilitated by renowned trainer Eric Ciake Marcel Noubayo, who is based in United Kingdom.
The course, which drew 16 participants from all the regions, is the first of its kind since the introduction of the sport.
MOC treasurer Henry Sakala said the course is the first step in professionalising wrestling in the country.
“We cannot develop sports without having trainers to groom athletes in the country. After the training these participants will be the ones to start setting up structures in their respective districts and regions and train would be wrestlers.
“As MOC, we are committed to seeing that all Olympic sports are performing well,” said Sakala, who was guest of honour during the closing ceremony.
On his part, Noubayo said he was impressed with the level of enthusiasm shown by the athletes.
“Most of the participants registered passes in the tests we conducted and my wish is that they should apply same knowledge practically then Malawi will have a bright future in wrestling. The good thing about wrestling is that it does not require expensive equipment. It’s just a matter of will from those wishing to take part,” he said.
One of the participants Isaac Fazil described the training as enriching.