The Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) will not include junior women for the Southern Africa Cross-Country Championship scheduled for Lesotho later this month.
AAM president Godfrey Phiri said this is because of poor time finish of the junior ladies at the Ching’ombe National Championship in Liongwe last Saturday.
He said, instead, they will only take 15 athletes for the championship.
“From what we saw in Lilongwe, we feel there is still some work to be done to polish the junior ladies before sending them for an international event,” he said.
The Malawi team is expected to travel by road. Tney will leave on February 21.
“Currently, they will be training from home, but we should start residential camp next week. We are still soliciting funds for the trip and a clear picture should be know by next week.
“We need at least K2.5 million (about $7 352) for the trip and we are talking to Sports Council and well-wishers to bail us out,” said Phiri.
Last year, Kephas Kesten and Grevazio Mpani were Malawi’s ambassadors at the All Africa Cross Country in Cape Town, South Africa.