Association of Draughts in Malawi (Adma) has become the 36th sports body to be registered with the Sports Council.
This follows the launch of the association at the council offices in Blantyre on Monday.
Sports Council executive secretary George Jana has advised the newly formed body not to take the council as a financier, but as a facilitator of its developmental activities.
â€œWe have approved their existence because they have a sound development plan. But they should not think that because they are registered with us, then we will be oiling their hub with cash all the time,â€ said Jana.
When unveiling Adma on Monday, the associationâ€™s president Misheck Munthali said they already have a strategic plan to source their own income. He appealed to companies and individuals to assist them with financial and material support.
â€œSo far, the Netherlands has already started to help us as they have sent us a consignment of draughts equipment which is in Zambia at the moment. We also have some financial support from within our body, but we still need more assistance from companies and individuals,â€ said Munthali.
Draughts, which is played by two people on a board similar to that of chess, requires strategic thinking to outdo the opponent.
Admaâ€™s deputy president is Madalitso Thom while Suzgo Nkhoma is general secretary. Dick Grain is treasurer and Arnold Kabisala is publicist.