Malawi to make history at Rio Paralympic Games

Malawi will make history as it is set to participate for the first time at Paralympic Games to be held in Rio 2016 from 7-18 September.

George Chiutsi emphasizing on a point.
George Chiutsi emphasizing on a point.

Malawi will be represented by 1,500m partial visually impaired female athlete Tionele Banda from the country’s Central Region lakeshore district of Nkhotakota.

Malawi Paralympic President James Chiutsi said the country was expected to be represented by two athletes but Tionele met the conditions for the race.

Chiutsi said athletics coach George Luhanga will be take charge of the athlete.

Meanwhile intensive preparations for the event, which is held after of the world’s biggest sports festival, Olympics started this week.

The athlete is lodging at Malawi National Council of Sports hostels in Blantyre.

This will be the first time for Malawi to participate after controversial failure by the Malawi Olympic team at last Paralympic Games held in London in 2012.

The Malawi Paralympic Committee faced sanctions by the International Paralympic Committee for failing to send a team after it was provided with funding to send two athletes but was directed for other use.

The MPC used the money for preparations while hoping that it would be funded by Malawi government through  Malawi National Council of Sports.

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5 years ago

i truly thought Malawi had sent 1,500 million participants at the games for this historic feat! my guess’s some journalist’s do miss Journalism 101 class and still graduate!

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