Malawi Boxing Association (MABA) has said they will ask the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for a relief package following the suspension of fights due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
MNCS is set to meet some associations, including MABA this week to present their challenges during this COVID-19 period.
MABA president, Pyson Likagwa said in an interview that they have set up several issues to present, but the relief package tops the list.
“Our boxers are suffering since we cannot have bouts. Even us as an association we have been heavily hit as we cannot support them due to the financial constraints. Our operations have been affected as we cannot even source funds from the corporate world which has also not been spared. Its pathetic and that is why we want the package just like our friends in the football circle have been cushioned,” he said.
One of the local boxers based in Blantyre who opted for anonymity concurred with Likagwa saying the situation is bad.
“To some of us, boxing is our job. We survive on fights and it is so disappointing because it doesn’t seem like we are going back in the ring shortly. Maluzi biggy maluzi, moti apa ndikungosaka ya matemba kuti tidye masana ano [I am bankrupt boss, now looking for some cash to buy relish for lunch],” he said.
Likagwa also highlighted that apart from the relief, the association will also use the opportunity to remind Government on the need to have new rings since the ones used have outlived their lifespan for about 20 years.
Government banned all public gatherings including sports which affected most associations including MABA which was set for Olympic Games qualifiers.