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Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC), the organization founded and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1968 over the weekend organized a two day; 09th – 10th November, 2019, sports administration course held at MOC boardroom in Lilongwe and Civic Centre Offices in Blantyre Cities.

According to its website, MOC is the mother body responsible for Olympics and Commonwealth Games operations, publicity and development in Malawi, specifically providing and organizing funding, clothing, travel, accommodation and accreditation of athletes and officials to each Olympics and Commonwealth Games. It is the sole representative of the Olympic Movement in the country.

Volleyball and Beach Volleyball are among forty-two Olympic summer games. Volleyball and beach volleyball made their Olympic debut at the 1964 and 1996 respectively. Volleyball Association of Malawi through its Leagues, mainly Central (CRVL) and Southern (SRVL) Region had six names to attend the courses as follows: Elton Ng’ombe-Coach, Ananias Kapingiri Mfuni Ananias K. Mfuni -Team Manager, Brenda Mshanga- athlete, Handrix Mwamlowe Hendrix Mwamlowe - athlete from CRVL; Ambilike Mwaungulu  and Edjourmar ‘Tsibwe’ Mwaluka as administrators from SRVL. Unfortunately, Mshanga, the only woman, did not attend the course due to her other engagements and she was replaced by someone from other sporting discipline.

The course aims to raise the general awareness of the Olympic Movement, various sporting systems in place both nationally and internationally and to foster unity and promote continual learning amongst sports industry stakeholders. The course is offered with accreditation from International Olympic Committee.

On his part Mwaluka who is also a SRVL Executive Committee member, said being his first time in sports management circle, this was a great opportunity and a motivation to his leadership challenge. “Its my first time to be in management circle in terms of sports so I thot it wise to take chance after being offered. Since am still young and I have a long way to go, the course will be an eye opener for me as sports leader", he said.

On the other hand, Mwamlowe, who adores James Jimmy Mangani, MOC Technical Officer is so excited for the opportunity he had to attend the course. "I have acquired knowledge on sports management. Gained more skills , have been opened on certain issues in volleyball administration and sports in general. I believe that now I will better contribute positively to volleyball in Malawi", Mwamlowe said.

The coordinator of the Lilongwe course, James Mangani James Mangani , also a volleyballer himself, described the course as timely. "It was timely for our volleyball to gain some knowledge through the representatives. We needed to have well trained personnel in administration of the sport. These guys have learnt quite good stuff that will keep them current", he shared.

The course in Blantyre was being facilitated by Flora Mwandira who is also MOC vice president and Mary Kaliani while in Lilongwe had Ken Mphande and Isaac Masingati.

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