Taekwondo Association of Malawi (TAM) has named four players to represent the country at the African Taekwondo Championships in Antananarivo, Madagascar from November 2-6.
This will be the first time Malawi will take part in the continental showpiece that is contested among over 30 countries.
In the past, Malawi mostly participated in the Kwanjangnim (KJA) Southern African Taekwondo Championships and seldom appeared at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
According to TAM president, Benedicto Tsinde, Lovemore Masinga will represent Malawi together with Andrew Soole, Yamikani Chimpeni and George Mbeyi.
He said the team has been selected based on experience, current form and possession of travel documents.
â€œWe looked at these factors as criteria for selecting the team because we would like to win medals at the event. We also do not want the squad to be hit by passport hiccups when travelling to Madagascar on October 29,â€ said Tsinde.
He, however, said they would require at least K4 million (about $14 000) to make the trip.
â€œWe are in the process of informing the Sports Council and the Malawi Olympic Committee on our requirements for the trip. We will also send proposals for financial assistance to some local companies,â€ he said.
Malawi won three gold and two silver medals at the 2010 Kwanjangnim Southern African Taekwondo Championships in South Africa. This was the last time the countryâ€™s taekwondo athletes took part in an international contest.