Malawi Olympic Committee to launch strategic plan

The Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) will launch its strategic plan at the Presidential Hotel in Lilongwe on Friday with aim of guiding the operations of the organisation between 2013 and 2016.

MOC President Oscar Kanjala said the plan was developed after very wide consultation with stakeholders that work will participate in implementing the plan.

Kanjala said, “Implementation will be a collective responsibility of MOC Board, and all its organs. In doing so, management is empowered to mobilise the required resources. The MOC will play a greater role in effecting the strategic plan goals by closely working with relevant stakeholders. An independent evaluation team will review progress every six months.”

Kanjala: Strategic plan
Kanjala: Strategic plan

The MOC President said it is not going to be easy to force affiliates to comply with the strategic plan but expressed hope that affiliates will have their own analysis of the goals.

He said, “We hope that they will refer to the MOC plan and tap into those objectives that will apply to them and effectively utilize these to achieve their goals. What we expect from the affiliates is informed, voluntary and purposeful participation in the process.”

He added, “For example, we all want our sporting teams or athletes to win events, but the primary responsibility rests with the relevant National Sport Association, not MOC.”

Among the objectives in the strategic plan, is to ensure better preparations for the Commonwealth games in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

“We are targeting podium performance for the two major events. The strategic goal is to ensure sustainable sport development at all levels,” the MOC president said.

He said the goal will be achieved through, “Scientific research projects (which) will be conducted in each of the areas of sport administration, athlete development, technical and coaching officials to accurately identify what activities need to be followed and which areas need what level of resources in order promote sports excellence.”

The strategic plan also underlines the objective having at least 15 athletes attaining the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) top 100 ranking by 2016 through the development of long term athlete Podium Performance Program (PPP).

“Resources like time infrastructure and equipment may not be adequate, but with targeted investment we believe it is possible to achieve the targets that have been set. We should not forget the athlete is at the centre stage here. So, this calls for disciplined approach by all bodies and individuals involved in the process,” Kanjala said.

The Strategic Plan covers other objectives like education, health, nondiscrimination of all forms, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, environmental awareness and protection, fight against doping in sports and drug abuse in general.

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