Malawi sports bodies should have strategic plans – Minister

Minister of Sports and Youth Enock Chihana has edged different sports bodies in the country to have strategic plans that can help guide their operations.

The minister made the remarks in Lilongwe on Friday night when he presided over the official launch of the Malawi Olympic Committee’s strategic plan at the Presidential Hotels.

Chihana said, “It is important that all sports bodies in the country should have strategic plans. We have seen different sports discipline in the country fail to implement their plans because they lack focus in their operations.”

He added, “My ministry endorses the strategic plan. It is a historical day for sports in the country. It shows MOC’s dreams that requires struggle, vision and commitment to achieve.”

Chihana: With Malawian olympians
Chihana: With Malawian olympians

The minister therefore edged all MOC affiliates to make the plan work by putting in effort so that the objectives are met.

“This is a plan for a better future of Malawi sports. But this plan can only work if we work hard and everyone involved in sports is committed to achieving their goals,” Chihana said.

In his remarks, MOC President Oscar Kanjala called on targeted support to various sporting disciplines.

He said, “I would like to appeal to all the corporate world and sponsors to have targeted areas to support and also assist the communities within their sponsorship because if the community is happy, sports development can be easily achieved.”

The strategic plan has six key focus areas namely; Governance, Sports development, Marketing and communication, Organisational service delivery, Olympic legacy and lastly Financial sustainability.

It is aimed at guiding MOC’s operations ahead of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland and the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with the aim of achieving podium positions.

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