Mauritius comes to the rescue of Malawi Athletics

Mauritius came to the rescue of Athletics Association of Malawi after providing return air tickets to enable the association athlete Stuart Banda to participate at the World Championship currently underway in Beijing China.

 AAM President Godfrey Phiri during the event.

AAM President Godfrey Phiri during the event.

AAM President Godfrey Phiri said after the association failed to secure funding locally it took a begging bowl to Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).

Phiri said the Southern Africa region athletics body sourced an air ticket from the Mauritius government.

“We had tried in vain to get funding locally to enable our athlete travel to Beijing for the World Championship. If failing the Mauritius government through CAA came to our rescue,” Phiri said.

The Athletics body boss applauded Mauritius for the air ticket which he said had helped Malawi to be represented.

He said it would be a shameful for Malawi to fail to send an athlete at the world athletics meeting for lack of funds.

“It would have been embarrassing if we had failed to send an athlete because of money,” Phiri said.

“We are appealing to individual and local companies to consider assisting us whenever we request them to do.”

In a related development the athlete left on Saturday as dark cloud hovered over the possibility of making to the games.

The athlete also left without a coach as the association could not manage to secure an air ticket for both the athlete and coach.

The association is banking on coaches from other CAA countries to help accommodate the athlete.

“We don’t have money to send an athlete and coach and we are hoping that our friends from countries will incorporate him in their training,”  Phiri said.

“This is not the first time we are doing this. We have done that before because of an agreement made within our region.”

The athlete is expected to compete on Wednesday in the 10,000m.

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mumatiyetsa mbuli eti… thus iaaf website ikakhala dstv tili nayo we have been watching the championships from day one last Saturday up till today. 1000m inathamangidwa kale on Saturday lomwelo ndipo padalibe M’Malawi. It was won by Mohammad Fara of Great Britain. Namani bodza lina?

Dikirani tikuuzire atolankhani a fake inu Stuart wathamanga dzulo pa 5000m. out of anthu 19, wachi no. 19 yo anali iyeyo

ma hope a stella gwengweya
ma hope a stella gwengweya

useless beggar country, shaming us everywhere. osakatenga kwa ma cashgater mwawamanga aja bwanji? thats what the money is for, to be used by us the taxpayer. kodi akusunga kuti ndalamazo?


Dziko lomvetsa chisoni ili mxiii! Kodi za cashgate zikuvuta pati kutha anthu abwenzepo ndlama? amalawife kumbwambwana kunachuluka kwambiri,, munthu okuba nkhuku nde kumuwaula pamene okuba ma billion nde akungoyenda chonsecho tikuaziwa koma azingotipusisa ku ma court haa! Tieni tingoyamba kuaotcha anthu amenewa cz ndlama sazabwenza komanso mchitidwewu upitilira ngati sitichitapo kanthu.


Its alread embarrassing.beta not 2 partcipate than street begging.kkkk!

chaiwone wawo

what an embarrassment


This is putting the country to great shame honestly why not just stay put and not participate at all? So the whole Africa now knows that Malawi is so broke that it can’t sponsor an air ticket for a single athlete?


Malawi has become “chitsiru cha mmudzi” thanks to our politicians.lessons for the next generation of politicians.


You stupid people it’s embarassing anyway you look at it. Why go through the preparations and selection process when you knew all along that you don’t have the money to fund for the athletes?? It smells fishy as I have witnessed same before. Nothing strange nothing change. Same old rotten Malawi.


That athlete should go and seek asylum in Moritius, better that way


Just stop it. It is shaming the country. What did the govt say to u? If it said no, and other sources within malawi were not forthcoming, then you should have stopped going to other foreign govts begging for money.

We know where this dpp govt priorities are, thieving.

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