With just a week before the start of Malawi’s first ever mini Olympic games, organizers have disclosed that they have only managed to raise about K15 million of the total budget of K27 million required for the event.
Chairperson of the organizing committee, James Mwenda disclosed in Lilongwe on Thursday after receiving K100, 000 from Essential Tours and Travel Bureau.
However, Mwenda said a certain company has already pledged K5 million towards the event but refused to give more detail saying discussion have not been finalized.
“We are very grateful to different companies and individuals for supporting the event but are appealing to other companies to help us raise K12 million. It is our hope that companies and well wishers will come before the start of the event’ said Mwenda.
Mwenda despite the K12 million shortfalls the preparations of the event have reached at an advanced stage.
“All sports disciplines are ready, all the subcommittees have submitted their budget and all athletes are geared for the games” he added.
Speaking after presenting the donation, Essential Tours and Travel Bureau director Chriswell Luwayo said he decided to respond to organizers call with the aim of developing sports in the country.
“We want to set as an example to individuals and companies that they should sponsor sports events. Our aim is to develop sports in Malawi and more good things are coming in future” he said.
Essential Tours and Travel Bureau came into operation last year and are experts in selling air tickets, processing of Visas and local and international tours.
The mini Olympic Games will start on November 21 to 23 at Civo stadium in Lilongwe and about 179 athletes from Boxing, Judo, table tennis ,cycling and athletics have already confirmed to take part.