Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) is carrying out a Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) talent identification programme in Lilongwe.
The programme started last Wednesday and it is expected to finish on Friday, April 5.
According to Massa general secretary Blackson Malamula, disciplines involved are handball, basketball, volleyball, athletics, lawn tennis, women football, chess and netball.
He said athletes are training at Lilongwe Community Centre Ground, Lilongwe Technical College and Kamuzu Institute for Sports and are staying at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School.
“The programme is progressing well. The participants have been drawn from across the country in both primary and secondary schools. So far, we have 130 athletes taking part.
“This year, we have received material as well as technical support from all sports associations involved and all coaches were identified by their respective associations.
“We have the likes of Rashid Time (athletics), Obed Nyirongo (basketball), Karen Chaula (girls football), Henry Mtuta ( lawn tennis), Leonard Sharra (chess), among others,” said Malamula.
However, the Massa GS was quick to point out that the K5 million (about $1 250) funding is not enough for the programme.
He said government should therefore consider increasing the funding as the programme is directly in line with the purpose of PIS which is to develop talent from the grass roots.
“All in all, Massa is grateful to government through Malawi National Council of Sports for the initiative.
“Sports Council has been supportive to Massa during this year’s PIS programme,” said Malamula.