As part of the programme of the seminar for youth and sports management under way in Beijing, China, the Malawi delegation on Wednesday toured the historic Olympic Stadium (Bird’s Nest).
Kamuzu Stadium manager Charless Mhango, who is part of the delegation, was awed by the experience.
“It is a great experience for me. I am learning a lot here and I believe once we complete this course, it will be enriching. From the way the stadium is built, there is no room for gatecrashing,” said Mhango.
He has since expressed gratitude to the government of China for the opportunity to attend the seminar.
“The knowledge will help me run things back at home in a professional manner,” he said.
Leader of delegation, deputy director of sports Justice Msopera, was equally overwhelmed by the experience: “It is important that those responsible for sports management, whether at district or national level, should have this experience of learning from experts. Our friends (the Chinese) are advanced in sports science and organisation. For the ministry, this trip is enriching and will help us to transform sports management.”
For MBC Radio reporter Frank Kandu, it was a dream come true.
He said when he watched the Beijing Games in 2008 on television, he was captivated by the make of the stadium.
“It really is a Bird’s Nest. I will treasure this wonderful experience. From this close, one can appreciate the skill and the money that went into this project,” he said.