The 2013 Presidential Cycling Championships will begin with the BMX Youth Race this Saturday at Chichiri Primary School in Blantyre.
For over five years, Country Club Limbe (CCL) was the traditional venue for junior cycling races, but according to the Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) general secretary Jimmy Kadewere, the sudden change of venue has come about due to high booking fees at the CCL.
“As you are aware, despite the devaluation of the kwacha, we are still allocated K1 million (about $2 500) for both the junior and the senior categories annually. Therefore, if we hold the event at CCL, our budget will be disturbed,” he said.
Kadewere also said the financial challenges have forced them to hold the BMX race for few selected primary schools such as Chichiri, Limbe, Misesa, Nkolokoti, Kanjedza, St Maria Goretti and defending champions St Kizito.
“We were supposed to hold the BMX contest starting from the regional level up to the national level, but funds would not permit us,” he said.
The junior cycling contest, whose individual prizes per age-group will be K5 000 (about $12.50), K3 000 (about $7.50), K1 500 (about $3.75) for winner, runner-up and third-placed cyclist respectively, will use the new BMX bikes which Sports Council bought last year.
The senior category race will be conducted on May 25 in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
The 150-kilometre road race will be between Dwangwa and Chintcheche in Nkhata Bay.