For the first time in the history of Malawi sports, Government has assembled all sports associations for an all inclusive indaba in the Capital city Lilongwe.
The holding of this Indaba reflect well to the Agenda 2063 and to President Dr Lazarus Chakwera aspirations.
The President has been speaking repeatedly on the need to develop sports in the country.
Speaking during the opening of the Indaba, Government challenged sports associations to improve on their management styles and to be prudent in financial management.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Richard Chimwendo Banda said most sports associations in the country have been locked with issues of mismanagement and lack of transparency and accountability in managing finances.
The theme of the indaba is “Sport a collaborative effort”.
Chimwendo Banda said as a result of this maladministration most associations have failed to secure credible sponsorships due to their poor reputation demonstrated over the years.
The Minister added that sports performance has not been desirable for so many years and there is need to interrogate the and found the so many challenges that have been encountered in trying to develop the sports platform in the country.
“We have failed to manage sports in this country because of managerial issues. We have seen a dwindling performance of our athletes and teams at both local and international levels,” he noted.
Chimwendo Banda said effective sports management requires a lot of investment, commitment and joint effort among stakeholders.
He pointed out all these have not been done as required for sports to develop in the country.
Chimwendo Banda said the Indaba was very important because it would provide an opportunity to know the people, and the associations which would subscribe to the government’s idea and share a vision for sports development in the country.
The Minister said this would allow the participants to analyze the sport sector and identify achievements, challenges and so that they come up with recommendations of how best sports can be developed in the country.
Chimwendo Banda said it was embarrassing to see that despite continuous investment in sports by government and some corporate partners, the country is still not able to improve the standards of sports and to perform better to meet the desired international standards.
“We have organized the meeting to iron out some bottlenecks we are facing in various sporting disciplines. I urge you to take this moment as a precious moment. We should take it very seriously and we should come up with tangible strategies on how we can develop our sport,” he hinted.
Banda said there was need to improve the performance of teams in order to put the country on the map.
Board Chairperson for Malawi National Council of Sports (MNSC) Dr Sunduzwayo Madise said the Indaba has been organized not to find faults on sports associations but to brainstorm on issues to develop sports in the country.
He said sports association need to analyze their performance and develop plans which would be used to improve the performance of their teams on local and international scenes.
Secretary General of Chess Association of Malawi Leonard Sharra has commended the initiative saying this would make sports association to account for what they are doing.
He said since the Minister has promised that the Indaba would be an annual event it would provide a meaningful platform for association to take stoke of what they have done.
The Indaba has brought together sports associations, clubs officials and officials from the Ministry, among others.