All Africa Games, whose regular participants include Malawi, will no longer be hosted by the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa.
The council, which comprises sports ministers, including from Malawi, has handed over the games to the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca), Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) president Oscar Kanjala said on Friday.
“Heads of States agreed to pass on the organisation of the games to Anoca. And because of that, Anoca are anticipating a much bigger role,” Kanjala said when addressing the press at the Sports Council headquarters in Blantyre.
The games are the biggest continental multi-discipline sports competition.
The implication is that the games’ prospects remain unclear since the council of ministers is yet to hand over the franchise to Anoca, which will also host Anoca Youth Games in Botswana next year.
“As it is, nobody knows when the Africa Games will take place. It is like we are in a freeze because they still hold a franchise for the games. Should the transition take place in time, Anoca will also host senior games to be used as 2014 Olympic qualifiers,” Kanjala noted.
Kanjala learnt about the recent changes from Anoca annual general meeting he attended last week in Cote d’Ivoire, where he said MOC were named as among the exemplary performers of the year.
“There were only seven NOCs [National Olympic Committees] that had programmes and reports for sports and environment. Some NOCs up to now do not have athletes commissions, which we have. We have to build on that,” he explained.