Athletics Association of Malawi disappointed with SA cross country cancellation

Athletics Association of Malawi President Godfrey Phiri is disappointed with their South African counterparts for cancellation Southern Africa cross country which was scheduled for February 24 in Pretoria.

South Africa, who are supposed to host the event cancelled the event at the eleventh honour following cracks within Athletics South Africa.

“The wrote us on Friday that they would not host the cross country because of internal divisions within their association in which two camps have risen claiming that they are in control,” Phiri said on Tuesday.

Junior men's athletes at Njamba Park, most of them running barefooted and in their ordinary attire- Pic Lucky Mkandawire

Junior men’s athletes at Njamba Park, most of them running barefooted and in their ordinary attire- Pic Lucky Mkandawire

“Imagine our athletes have been calling us to find out about the competition.”

Confederation of Southern Africa Athletics propose to shift the cross country to Malawi but Phiri said it would not have been possible on such a short notice.

“It was a short notice it would have difficult to ask the government to provide funding for the competition to top up US$15,000 grant International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) would have offered towards the competition.

AAM had planned to send to a contingent of 18 athletes to the competition who were expected to travel by road.

They association would have required K3 million to meet the costs of team.

Last week AAM told Nyasa Times that it was dark over the possibility of the cross country with no official communication from South Africa.

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