Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday received an honorary boxing belt from World Boxing Council (WBC) in Lilongwe to become the second leader in Africa after Nelson Mandela to receive the belt.
Speaking when he held an audience at Kamuzu Palace with Houcine Houichi who is Vice President of World Boxing Council (WBC) and President of Africa Boxing Union (ABU), the Malawi leader said he was “greatly honoured” to receive the honourary belt.
Mutharika pointed out that sports disciplines of all kinds play a crucial role in facilitating economic and social growth, improve public health, and bring different communities together.
Houichi and his entourage are in the country to attend Africa Boxing Union Convention which is taking place in Lilongwe this week.
“I know sport and physical education play an important role at the individual, community, national and global levels. For the individual, sport enhances one’s personal abilities, general health and
“On the national level, sport and physical education contribute to economic and social growth, improve public health, and bring different communities together. While on the global level, if
used consistently, sport and physical education can have a long-lasting positive impact on development, public health, peace and the environment,” said the President.
He added: “The control over one’s body experienced while practicing sport is particularly valuable for girls and women, for people with a disability, for those living in conflict areas and for people
recovering from trauma.”
President Mutharika further called upon sports authorities in the country to work tirelessly to turn boxing into a professional sport.
He singled out Malawi’s celebrated icon, Isaac Chilemba, as one person who every young boxer in the country should emulate.
The Malawi leader promised the sports fraternity that his government will create a conducive environment for sports excellence by constructing high-class infrastructure and building capacity across the board.