The British government is determined to ensure that Malawi Sports Team has a memorable stay in London during the 2012 Olympic Games between July 27 and August 16.
British Charge de Affairs Kirk Hallington made the assurance on Friday when he graced the fund-raising dinner and dance for the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre.
â€œI have no doubt that the 2012 London Olympic Games will leave a legacy as one of the greatest shows on earth. We appeal to companies and individuals to join hands in supporting the Malawi team. London is ready to host the Malawi team at its world class facilities. The UK is committed to delivering an amazing London Olympic Games,â€ said Hallington.
Speaking earlier, guest of honour, Sports Minister Enock Chihana urged companies to support the Malawi team which needs about K30 million (about $120 000) to meet some expenses such as for travel.
The minister was accompanied by Sports Council executive secretary George Jana, sports director Jameson Ndalama and principal secretary Justin Saidi.
MOC president Oscar Kanjala took advantage of the event to announce that Malawi will this year join the rest of the world in commemorating World Olympic Day on June 23 at Nkhotakota Community Centre ground.
â€œWe will send to London a team of two athletes and two swimmers and we believe they are the best ambassadors to represent Malawi. It is not by design that we will sendÂ limited number of athletes. Olympic Games are of high standard and participation is by qualification.
Mike Tebulo, Joyce Tafatatha and Charlton Nyirenda, who are among the four in the squad travelling to London, were introduced to the guests during the dinner. Other members of the travelling squad are John Kayange and Ambweni Simkonda. The event was spiced up with live performance by Mibawa Band and wushu displays by children from Amitofo Centre.
The dinner attracted officials from the private sector and sports associations. Blantyre Kabula legislator Felix Njawala was also present.