The Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) is offering K500 000 to any athlete who wins a medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
AAM president Godfrey Phiri said the pledge has been made to inspire the athletes to give out something extra ahead of the Games which will run from April 4-15 in Queensland, Australia.
“As one way of motivating our athletes, we have promised K500 000 to anyone who wins a medal and we are optimistic that they can achieve that,” he said.
For the first time in many years, Malawi will be represented by only two sports codes—netball and athletics.
However, speaking before departure one of the athletes bemoaned poor preparations.
“The desire to win medals is there, but our preparations leave a lot to be desired. We will only camp for a week ahead of such an important event and to expect us to win medals is unrealistic,” he said.
Eight athletes are expected to represent Malawi at the Games and these are Dalitso Gunde (200m), Golden Gunde (200m), Bennedicto Makumba (800m), Gervazio Mpani (5 000m), Chance Master (5 000m), Kefasi Kasteni (10 000m), Francis Khanje (marathon) and Happy Mcherenje (marathon).