Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre will on Saturday be filled with fun as physically challenged athletes in the Southern Region converge and fight for medals in the 2015 Presidential Initiative for Sports (PIS) Paralympics.
According to Malawi Paralympics Committee (MPC) head coach George Luhanga, this will be the second qualifier for the national finals after the Central Region conducted their event last weekend at Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS) in Lilongwe.
“This will be a penultimate regional contest as we will also have a Northern Region event on September 12 in Mzuzu before the national finals at Kamuzu Stadium on September 26. Everyone is welcome at all these events,” he said.
Luhanga said the top six athletes from each region will make it into the national finals.
During the qualifiers in the centre, 19-year-old Steven Napolo won the men’s 200- metre and 800-metre races after crossing the finish line in 28:57 minutes and 2:39:07 hours respectively, while Taonere Banda finished the women’s 200-metre and 800-metre in 33:53 and 3:07.84 minutes in that order.
MPC vice-general secretary Damien Likoya has since appealed to parents and guardians to encourage their children to take part in various Paralympics sporting events to keep fit. He also urged the corporate world to assist in promoting disability sports.n