Unavailability of funds has forced the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) to shift the district sports officers’ athletics training in Mzuzu from this weekend to June.
AAM president Godfrey Phiri told The Nation on Thursday that they will conduct the course within the next three months after receiving their annual subvention from government through Sports Council.
According to Phiri, the course, which will cot almost K1 million (about $2 500), aims at equipping newly recruited district sports officers countrywide with knowledge so that they can identify and nurture talents in their respective areas.
“We would have loved to conduct the training much earlier so that the officers can get to work before the school holidays. However, as of now, we do not have enough funds to organise such an essential training. Therefore, we will wait until we have funds in June,” Phiri said.
Government has deployed sports officers in all the 28 districts of the country to assist in boosting physical exercises among Malawian youths, who are mostly not active in sports since physical education stopped being offered in primary and secondary schools.
Physical exercises are believed to be vital to both physical and mental development of human beings.
Recently, the Chinese government made a U-turn on their negligence of physical education after noticing that the lifespan of most of their intellectuals was shortened by lack of physical exercises.