The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has indicated plans to incorporate other sporting codes in the Malawi Youth Games formerly National Youth Games.
MNCS chairperson, Sunduzwayo Madise disclosed this during the launch of the rebranded youth games in Blantyre.
According to Madise, there is a need to incorporate other games like judo and boxing on top of the five codes of football, volleyball, basketball, netball and athletics.
“There have been calls to include combat sports like judo and boxing but we are still consulting to see how best we can move forward, but plans are there to include more sporting codes so that the Malawi Youth Games gets bigger and better,” he said.
He said incorporating more codes at the youth games means nurturing talent from the grassroots which will ensure the country has skilled players in future.
“It does not need rocket science to realize that for sport to develop in any country there is a need to nurture talent at a tender age. The Malawi Youth Games were introduced with the aim of not only revamping and rejuvenating school sport, but also ensuring that we nurture talent at a tender age. After all, is it not said teach them while they are young? we believe that it is in schools where young talent is and it is in schools where this talent can be identified and developed,” he added.
The chairperson however encouraged the youth to embrace sports for their fitness as it used to be done in primary schools during Physical Education (PE) lessons.
Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) president, Blackson Malamula said they are doing their best to ensure they spot hidden talent among learners.
“We are making progress, and we applaud MNCS for providing such support. This is where we need to nurture talent, not when they are already grown,” he said.
The Malawi Youth Games was launched this year and attracted about 163,000 learners from different schools across the country.