AAM appeals for increased budget allocation

Mzuzu: Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has appealed for an increased allocation in 2018/19 national budget for them to perform better in international competitions.

The Association’s General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya made the appeal in a phone interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Sunday stating that the current K1.7 million is not enough to cater for all activities the association holds.

The money we are given isn’t enough because apart from organising our own country’s activities, the same money is used for preparing international activities such as the Commonwealth games.

If the amount can be raised from the current K1.7 million, it can really help us in planning for the activities and executive them, he said.

Chitembeya said increased funding could help motivate athletes thereby enable them excel in their performance.

Athletes need motivation for them to do well, but our resources are just too little to satisfy all their needs, he said adding that one such example is the results from the just ended Commonwealth competitions.

Chitembeya hailed athletes in the country for displaying hard work even when there are minimal resources.

I encourage the athletes to never relent in their trainings to keep themselves upbeat even during off season, he said.

Sports follower, Frank Matsimbe said the country has potential but we are failing to invest due to limited resources.

He said the outcome of international competitions by our athletes has been deplorable due to ill preparation due to inadequate funding.

Matsimbe said government should invest more into all sporting disciplines if the country is to do well in international competitions.

Netball and Football continues to get the lion’s share but the minority sports are still struggling to secure one, a boxing fan, Chigwetso Phiri noted.

He said we appreciate what these top sporting disciplines do but the country stand to progress if other sporting disciplines are considered for proper funding by government.

Phiri pointed am in agreement with AAM for increased funding for the 2018/19 National Budget comes June, 2018.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA