Malawi’s Commercial City of Blantyre in collaboration has introduced sports day in a move to inculcate sports culture in the youth.
Sylvester Mitini Nkhoma, Director of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Affairs for Blantyre City Council said the Sports Day to be launched September 27 would help to improve the standards of the sporting disciplines in the city.
“We realised that we cannot improve the standards of sports in the country if we do not start our activities right from where it matters most, the grassroots,” Mitini Nkhoma said.
He said the city was planning to hold the event annually.
Chairperson of the organising committee Charles Katola said the to draw 13 sporting disciplined would need at K1.7 million.
“Of course, the Council will fund the event but we require more support from the corporate world to make the activities more exciting,” Katola said.
Sporting disciplines earmarked for the inaugural event are athletics, basketball, cycling, darts, handball, korfball, football, lawn tennis, netball, special Olympics, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.
Mitini Nkhoma said the City had partnered Blantyre City Office to hold the event but Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) city zones of Bangwe, Limbe, South Lunzu, Ndirande, Chilomoni and Zingwangwa would be involved.