Japanese funded hostel to ease camping problems-  Malawi Olympic Committee

Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) says the newly constructed hostel funded by the Japanese government is going to ease camping problems that sports associations and their athletes were facing during preparations of major events.

Chiumia, Shuichiro pose with Moc officials in front of the new building
Chiumia, Shuichiro pose with Moc officials in front of the new building
The new hostel
The new hostel
Chiumia presents a gift to the Ambassador as Kanjala looks on
Chiumia presents a gift to the Ambassador as Kanjala looks on
Chiumia cuts a ribbon assited by the Ambassador
Chiumia cuts a ribbon assited by the Ambassador
Judo athletes performing during the handover ceremony
Judo athletes performing during the handover ceremony

President of the National Olympic Committee (Noc) Oscar Kanjala made the remarks on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 when the Japanese Ambassador Shuichiro Nishioka handed over a 40-bed hostel constructed by the Noc at the Olympafrica Centre in Kawale II Lilongwe with funding from the Japanese government.

The Japanese government, through its local mission provided a grant of USD $97, 252 (About MK43 million) for construction of the hostel, which has all camping facilities including a kitchen, lounge, shower rooms, study room, matron’s room and rest-rooms.

“Our associations have been facing problems accommodating athletes ahead of major competitions and this hostel is going to ease those problems. Apart from the excellent facilities that the hostel has, the building is located closer to facilities of the Olympafrica Centre and Kamuzu Institute of Sports, which will make it easy for athletes to concentrate on their training without outside interference,” said Kanjala.

Sports and Culture Minister Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia, who was guest of honour during the handover ceremony commended the Japanese government for funding the project, which she said was a sign of the good bilateral relations existing between Malawi and Japan.

“This is not the first time that the Japanese government has assisted Malawi in the development of sports. Apart from funding several local projects, the government of Japan has been sending coaches and volunteers to train our local athletes especially Judo and Kendo athletes and work in other fields,” said Chiumia.

She asked Moc and athletes using the hostel to take good care of the facility so that it also benefits the future generation of athletes.

In his handover speech, Shuichiro said the hostel was funded under the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grass-root Projects, for which Malawi was the first beneficially.

“This facility has come at the right time when some athletes will be preparing for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for August and September in Brazil. It is also our hope that athletes will be motivated to work hard in their respective sporting codes and that more Malawian athletes will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.

The Japanese Ambassador disclosed that his government was implementing the ‘Sports for Tomorrow’ programme, expected to impact on more than one million future athletes in over 100 countries worldwide by the year 2020.

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Chimms
Chimms
5 years ago

Mr kaya kwathu, lack of aesthetics/creativity on building design is not always the fault of architects/engineers. This is sometimes contributed by the client because of not having adequate resources be it finances, land etc as u know quality cost monies. The financial resources being said here is actual construction cost of the building

NK girl
NK girl
5 years ago

Congratulations to MOC. We need more of such development. To Japanese Government we hope this is just the beginning of development in Sport more are yet to come. Congratulations Mr. Oscar Kanjala and your team, we MOC Affiliates we are happy and proud of you Members.

Kaya Kwathu
Kaya Kwathu
5 years ago

For the Japanese, thank you for the grant. However, I have serious issues with Malawian engineers. What’s up with your ambition and creativity? This design of “public accommodation” is so tired and overused.COME ON! This is no different from the old and tired looks at MEDI in Mponela. If this grant was used in South Africa or Namibia, we could have been seeing a more aesthetic building here. Not just because our friends have access to more diversified building materials but more so because their architects and engineers have a flare for creativity. Somehow you wonder why the designer was… Read more »

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