Wrestling Federation of Malawi (WFM) has organised national championship to be held on April 23 at Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS) in Lilongwe.
WFM general secretary Dennis Kumwenda said the championship will help the federation to identify athletes to form the first ever wrestling national team.
“The sport is advanced in other countries and we want to be at par with them through the formation of the national team. We want to be participating in continental and global tournaments,” said Kumwenda.
He said the first international tournament where Malawi will take part is the beach wrestling tournament to be held in 2017 either in South Africa or Mauritius.
He said regions will come up with athletes to represent them at the national championship.
“Each region will hold their own competition to select five athletes to compete at national level. The best athletes [men and women’s categories] will represent Malawi at a beach wrestling competition to be held in 2017,” said Kumwenda.
He said before the actual 2017 tournament, WFM will organize friendlies with neighbouring countries.
Harold Mvula, a wrestler, has since thanked WFM for the initiative.
“I think now people will start taking wrestling seriously. We need more of such international tournaments so that young people are motivated to join the sport,” he said. n