Seven athletes will represent Malawi at the 2017 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Cross-Country Championship to take place in Kampala, Uganda, on March 27.
According to Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM), the seven athletes will be identified during the National Cross-Country this Saturday at Dedza Golf Ground.
AAM general secretary Frank Chitembeya said more than 150 athletes are expected to turn up for the national competition.
The competition will be funded by Malawi National Council of Sports at K1 million.
“We want to ensure that we select good athletes who will have enough time to prepare for the international event. We will stage 10-kilometre race for both senior men and senior women. The junior women will compete in a six-kilometre race while junior men will compete in an eight-kilometre race,” said Chitembeya.
Malawi last participated in the IAAF World Cross-Country championships in 2013 in Moscow, Russia, but did not do well.
Last year, the country participated in African Cross-Country Championships in Cameroon where Kefasi Kasiteni scooped number 25 out of 46 athletes.
He completed the 10-kilometre race in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, 2016 Northern Region Cross-Country senior women champion Nalise Chirwa has said she is preparing for the tournament.
“My focus is to be among the seven that will represent the country in Uganda,” she said. n