Inadequate funding has been identified as major reason why the standards of sports are oing down in the country’s universities and colleges and there is need for government and corporate companies to join hands in reversing the situation.
Tertiary Students Sports Association of Malawi’s (Tessam) general secretary Willy Namaona made the statement at College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex in Blantyre on Friday when the body launched the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.
According to Namaona, the K4 million (about $8 000) they get from Sports Council and the K100 000 (about $200) annual affiliation fees they get from each of its 11 active members are not enough as they need approximately K25 million (about $50 000) for activities per year.
“We have no funding to regularly renovate our sports infrastructure and we fail to conduct proper talent identification exercises,” he said.”
Tessam teams participate in Confederation of University and College Sports Association (Cucsa) Games, the Federation of Africa University Sports Games and the Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi Games on to the local college games.
At last year’s Cucsa Games, Malawi won two gold, two silver and one bronze in lawn tennis.