Rowing South Africa has donated three boats valued at an estimated K9 million to Rowing Association of Malawi (RAM), making it the first time for it to have such equipment since its inception four years ago.
Rowing South Africa head of coaches Dennis Howard presented the donation in Salima where Ram has a club of athletes.
Rowing, an Olympic sport, which is just being introduced in the country, is based on propelling a boat using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat.
Speaking in an interview, Howardsaid they donated the equipment to Malawi as one way of boosting the sport’s development.
“We got interested in Malawi because it is new to the sport and desperately needed such facilities,” he said. “From what I have seen during my stay, the country has good athletes who will benefit from this support.”
RAM general secretary Pope Mzumara said the boats have inspired the athletes.
“Operating without boats was not the best way to run this association. But now things are getting better and we sincerely thank Rowing SA for the support,” he said.
Mzumara said they plan to launch rowing clubs in Mangochi, Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota.