Mount Mulanje Athletics Club has organised a race aimed at raising awareness on the prevention of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The race is scheduled for May 30 at Glenorchy Ground in the district.
he club’s manager Kondwani Chamwala, who is also the competition’s coordinator, said they have a role to play to enlidhten the masses on the prevention of Covid-19.
“Covid-19 is real and this is the message that we as sport club should disseminating to the public and to our athletes.
“We have organised this race on this noble cause and all the prevention measures will be followed during the race. As you can see, we only have 40 athletes to compete. Our emphasis is that local athletes should as well know about Covid-19 because the world needs them,” he said.
The race will cover 19 kilometres (km) for seniors and 21km for juniors categories.
Renowned athletes expected to take part in the race include; Boniface Pangani, Charles Musowa and Doris Fisher who have previously won the Mulanje Mountain Porters’ Race which has been postponed due to the pandemic.
Pangani said it is ideal that they will use what they are good at to disseminate Covid-19 prevention message.
Government has imposed a ban on all public gatherings, including sports events, which directly affect the race.
However, Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) vice-president Emmanuel Mulonya, who said they are not aware of the event, warned that conducting any race amid the pandemic was not allowed.
But Chamwala said the Covid-19 awareness race will observe the government ban on gatherings of not more than 100 people.
“The May 30 race is a small event,” he said. “We have put everything in place to control the audience.”