AAM set to take athletics back to Malawi schools

Concerned with the dwindling standards of athletics in the country, the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) wants to take the sport back to schools.

President of AAM, Godfrey Phiri, said the association would work with Malawi  Schools Sports Association (Massa) to hold competitions at zone, district, regional and national levels as was the case until the early 90s.

AAM officials held a meeting with their MASSA counterparts on Tuesday to strategise on how the arrangement would work.

Phiri (left) with Mudana Phiri one of the country's top female athletes- Pic Lucky Mkandawire.
Phiri (left) with Mudana Phiri one of the country’s top female athletes- Pic Lucky Mkandawire.

Phiri said the arrangement would help to inculcate a sporting culture among the learners while still young.

“We feel that schools are more organised and can easily mobilise learners to take up the sport seriously,” he said.

The president said Southern African countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia had been producing good athletes because they enforced a sporting culture among scholars at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.

Malawi has not been registering an increase in the number of school-going athletes because most of the system of using clubs and teams.

Some of secondary schools and high schools which have participated at regional and national competitions are Kamuzu Academy, Karibu Academy and St Andrews International High School.

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