Special Olympics Malawi’s (SOM) 10-athlete squad arrived safely in Los Angeles, USA. The group said it is ready to repeat history when they start the World Summer Games tomorrow.
SOM national coordinator Felix Chisowa, who is also assistant leader of delegation, told The Nation through e-mail yesterday they are confident of repeating or even surpassing the 2011 record of three gold medals, the same number of silver decoration and a bronze.
He said they are geared to achieve the feat even in the absence of five athletes that won the medals, namely, Wakhumbata Gondwe, Marita Wyson, Eunice Ngozo, Tawina Limbani and Asaile Mwinuka.
“We arrived safely and we are being accommodated at the University of California. We will start our games on Tuesday [today] and have no doubt that we will repeat history and make Malawi proud,” he said.
The Malawi squad comprises male athletes Mandala Kalua, Miracle Buleya, Henry Katopola, Denis Mollogen and Mussa Luhanga; and female athletes Desire Namaona, Ethel Bonongwe, Agnes Lekaleka, Clara Phiri and Mphatso Chiphwanya.
They travelled to the USA alongside head of delegation Dawn Kwanjana, Chisowa, team doctor Khumbo Ng’ona, tennis coach Regina Dembo, and athletics trainers Lucy Magagula, Oswald Lungu and Asher Chisamba.