Malawi National Council of Sports yesterday handed over equipment to Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) valued at K28 million.
Sports Council board member Hellen Tasosa said the equipment, which will be allocated to regional sports development offices in the South, Centre and North, will help develop athletics in the country.
She said: “The equipment is aimed at supporting and revamping the sport in the country.
“We are aware that one of the reasons the sport has gone down is due to lack of equipment and this will help Malawi to be at par with other countries as our athletes will be able to compete in other disciplines.”
Tasosa appealed to schools and other organisations to use the equipment.
Sports Council sports development manager Ruth Mzengo said the equipment will motivate athletes.
AAM acting general secretary Mzee Makawa thanked Sports Council, saying the equipment will help them to promote other disciplines such as hurdles and high jump which have not been held for 20 years due to lack of equipment.
“We requested Sports Council to assist us with equipment and they have responded to our call. We are appealing to schools to go through regional offices to access it,” he said.
Makawa also appealed to athletes to take care of the equipment.
The equipment comprises stop watches, discus, measuring tapes, relay batons, starting gun, shotput, jevelin, crossbar, upright base, upright stand and high jump mats.