Malawian athlete Mirriam Kachingwe is expected to race today in the 1 500 metres at World Junior Championship in Nairobi, Kenya.
The athlete left yesterday as a last-minute replacement for male junior athlete Chikondi Mwanyare who did not make it to the championship after testing positive for Covid-19.
In an interview yesterday, Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) acting general secretary Mzee Makawa said they are confident that the athlete will do better.
“Initially, we planned to send Chikondi Mwanyare, unfortunately he was replaced after testing positive for Covid-19. We are equally happy to see that she was accepted to compete as a last-minute entrant because she is a good athlete and once competed in Morocco,” he said.
Makawa applauded Malawi National Council of Sports for providing the air ticket and upkeep allowances for coach Francis Munthali while AAM has taken care of the athlete’s air ticket fare.
“We are grateful to Sports Council for supporting the trip as we have shared the costs of the trip. This competition is important as it will expose the athlete internationally,” he said.
On his part, Munthali commended Sports Council and AAM for supporting the trip, saying athletes cannot improve if they do not compete with the best in the world.
The championship started on Wednesday and finishes tomorrow.