Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) has been directed to co-opt a female member to its newly elected executive committee board after falling short of the International Olympic Committee requirement.
The Olympic Charter requires member associations to have at least two female members but the newly elected committee has one female member Flora Mwandira, Vice-President of MOC.
MOC Judicial Commission member Dr Richard Nyirongo, who was the Returning Officer for the polls held on March 22 in Mangochi, said the association should consider this requirement.
“The committee should appoint a female member at their next executive committee meeting to have at least two female members as required by Olympic Charter,” Nyirongo said.
Newly elected General Secretary Jappie Mhango said they were aware of the situation and would discuss that issue during their first executive committee in two months time.
“We know this requirement and we will consider this issue seriously during our next executive committee meeting,” Mhango said.
Mhango, who was Treasurer defeated the then General Secretary Helene Mpinganjira, to create the vacuum for one more female representation.
With this provision the odds are in favour of Mpinganjira to return to MOC having served the association for three consecutive four-year terms of office.
MOC re-elected president Oscar Kanjale unopposed with Mwandira retaining her Vice-President position after beating Basketball Association of Malawi Vice-President Ben Mlasaanthu while Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Technical Director John Kaputa defeated former Treasurer Laurie Arthur to become Vice-Secretary General.
Malawi Boxing Association (MABA) President Henry Sakala was elected Treasurer unopposed with Dennis Kumwenda and Jimmy Kedewere taking up executive member positions.