Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe will host the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) national championship slated for October 31, 2020 aimed at selecting athletes to represent the country at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.
The tournament, which was slated for June but was later shifted to October because of the COVID-19 pandemic which prompted government to ban all sporting activities in the country including athletics, will bring together different athletes across the country
AAM General Secretary Frank Chitembeya said the tournament will gauge how prepared the athletes are adding that after identifying the potential representatives for the different tournaments, the athletes will go into camp to start the preparations.
“We lined up a number of championship but we failed to utilise them because of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why we have organised a national championship which we want to see how are our athletes faring and how their preparations are.
“We have a big tournament coming our way and that is why we want to start early preparations. as we are preparing to resume our activities, we have encouraged our athletes to put much effort in the preparations,” he said.
Chitembeya said they also gave 10 of their clubs K80,000 each to be distributed to their athletes to cushion them with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chitembeya said the funds were part of a K9.6 million donation from the World Athletics Association.
“Malawi Olympics Committee also gave us K250 thousand to help our athletes who rely on this sport for their day-to-day living. After receiving a greenlight from government on resumption of sporting activities, our athletes will get back to normal,” Chitembeya said.