Squash Malawi has organised a K200 000 (about $476) squash tournament at the Malawi College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre starting from May 17 to 19.
The competition is sponsored by Mercury, which is owned by former Squash national team player Oswin Kasunda.
Squash Malawi president Jimmy Kawaye could not hide his joy at the news on Monday.
“This is a relief to us as Squash Malawi as we had few national tournaments this year. We are proud of Mr. Kasunda of his continued interest in improving squash in Malawi,” said Kawaye.
According to one of the organisers, Golden Benbow, who is also Squash Malawi vice-president, the tournament will be in A and B divisions and depending on the number and type of entry, it may involve a handicap system.
“Only those players who register will be put in the draw unless a player withdraws by phoning. Anyone not following this simple procedure will not play in the next tournament, irrespective of the player’s standard,” Benbow warned.
He said the tournament’s entry fee is K1 000 (about $2.38) except for students who will pay K500 (about $1.19). Payment is before playing.
There will be cash prizes in both divisions and special cash prizes as dictated by the management committee comprising Benbow, Alan Alidi and James Matewere.
“Rules will be strictly enforced regarding dress, shoes and professional behaviour,” said Benbow.
Apart from cash, winners will also receive trophies.