The Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (Wabm) elective annual general meeting (AGM), which was supposed to take place this weekend, has been shifted to April.
According to Wabm president Richard Kuwali, the change was made after consultations with the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS).
“We have been advised by Sports Council that we should first stage the Presidential Initiative for Sports (PIS) Weightlifting Tournament before holding the AGM. As an affiliate, we have to respect that decision and we will hold the indaba after the PIS,” he said.
Kuwali then apologised for the inconvenience caused, especially to those wishing to contest for various positions within Wabm.
The president has since announced that the PIS will be held on March 29 in Blantyre at a venue yet to be identified.
Initially, the tournament was supposed to take place at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, but due to some logistical problems, it has been shifted to Blantyre.
“This tournament is strictly for weightlifters and not for bodybuilders. This is a national open tournament for both men and women. We are, therefore, appealing to all weightlifters to register with the national coach, Chimwemwe Bakali,” said Kuwali.
The tournament is worth K1 million and athletes will compete in 56 kilogrammes (kg), 65kg, 77kg and 100+kg categories for both men and women.