Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has rescued Athletic Association of Malawi (AAM) with a K200 000 donation to enable athlete Grevazio Mpani to travel to Kampala, Uganda to take part in the Iaaf World Cross Country Championship.
The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) had initially provided K900 000 for the participation of four athletes—Cephas Kasten, Chancy Master, Harry Sichali and Cecelia Mhango.
The athletes were expected to leave the country Tuesday for Uganda before Moc intervened on Monday with K200 000.
AAM general secretary Frank Chitembeya expressed gratitude to Moc for the assistance.
“Words fail us to express our gratitude. This was an eleventh hour intervention from Moc. We had written companies, but they never came back to us. This shows how committed Moc is in promoting sports in the country,” he said.
Chitembeya has since appealed to the corporate world to invest in athletics.
“With just one single athlete it is possible to put Malawi on the map. It is high time companies started seeing athletes as a platform that can promote their brands. The competition in Uganda has drawn 217 countries and those who will do well will compete at the Iaaf London Games in August,” said Chitembeya.
Mpani expressed appreciation for the donation.
“I am not taking this for granted. It is an opportunity for me. I will work hard to repay Moc for this assistance,” said Mpani.
According to Chitembeya, due to cash limitations, the Malawi team will not be accompanied by officials from AAM.
“The arrangement is that the national coach Moses Kondowe will also act as leader of delegation. We could not afford to send an official,” he said.