Malawi Olympic body loses confidence in associations: Takes another course in mini Olympics games

Malawi Olympic Committee will sideline associations in coming up with potential athletes to represent the country at international games.

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MOC executive committee official, speaking on strict conditions of anonymity, confided in Nyasa Times that it will deal directly with individual athletes from different sporting disciplines to prove themselves.

The official said the athletes would be expected to participate during mini Olympics it has organised scheduled for 14 October after noticing serious irregularities on the merit of athletes preferred by most associations.

“We will not involve associations because they don’t give us the best athletes because of their biasness when selecting them for our programs,” said the official.

“We have invited them to apply individually and independent technical experts from South Africa to assess them and recommend the best to be picked for High Performance Centre training in readiness for international games.”

The officials said some of the associations as unfair when choosing flag carriers for international competitions.

“We have had concern on the manner some of athletes are picked by associations to represent the country. We have been reliably informed and noticed that officials choose athletes for coaches.”

MOC has earmarked athletics in track and field events, archery, boxing, Judo, netball, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling for the games but other sporting disciplines could still apply to be considered.

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