First Gentleman’s K3m roar for Malawi Olympics team

The First Gentleman, retired Chief Justice Richard Banda, has donated to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi K3 million for their preparations of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Banda is a former president of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi.

He made the donation during an audience with representatives of the Malawi Olympic Committee and the Malawi Council of Sports officials in the presence of sports minister Enock Chihana.

Banda, who was a track and field athlete, said the donation shows his passion and dedication to promoting sports in the country.

The First Gentleman Richard Banda

The Olympic Games start July 27 in London and Team Malawi will be hosted by University of Gloucestershire, staying at the Oxstalls Campus in Cheltenham.

The team which comprises swimmers Charlton Nyirenda and Joyce Tafatatha; and runners Mike Tebulo and Ambwene Simkonda who is based in the UK, will be using the University of Gloucestershire as a base throughout the build-up to the showpiece sporting event.

They will use top sporting facilities across the town, including the Sandford Park’s Lido and Prince of Wales stadium.

Jappie Mhango, treasurer of the Malawi Olympic Committee, said: “We intend to tour Gloucestershire, although the purpose of our visit is to train for the games.”

Meanwhile, Malawi Olympic Team arrived in London on Monday.

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