MOC AGM SET FOR APRIL 28

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Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 28 at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.

The AGM is important as it provides the platform for affiliates to endorse, reject or amend proposals from the Board.

This is the decision making body of the National Olympic Committee. At the AGM, the Board reports activities that took place in the proceeding year to affiliates who form the AGM. Decisions made at the AGM bind both the affiliates and the board alike. Such decisions determine the future of sports in the country since they are made by the highest decision-making body with affiliates from all over the country.

 

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MOC TO HOST 2018 OLYMPIC DAY IN MWANZA

 

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Olympic Day Run is an international Olympic Movement activity promoting mass participation of sports held in June organized by National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

This year in Malawi, it will be held on the 23rd of June in Mwanza district, under the Theme, “Learn, Move and Discover.”

During this day a lot of activities will take place like 10km Olympic run, football and Netball matches, poems as well as a speech on Olympic Values by Malawi`s known Olympian, Mr. Ken Dzekedzeke.

MOC has planned on having a participation of 8000 people from all walks of life, during the Olympic Day Celebrations.

QUEENS TAKE OVER THE UNTOUCHABLES

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The Queens” caught everyone’s attention after a stunning upset win over New Zealand’s Silver Ferns on Sunday, prompting recriminations across the Tasman and talks of a rankings surge in Malawi.

That 57-53 win over the world’s second-best team meant there was a genuine buzz around Malawi — ranked sixth in the world before the competition — heading into its match with ninth-ranked Scotland.

And they matched the building hype with the narrowest of wins over the Scots, holding on 51-50 despite conceding a string of scoring opportunities in the dying moments.

It moves Malawi third in the preliminary round Pool B, but its ambition is not even to make the medals placings. Realistically, the best it can hope for is progressing to the fifth/sixth play-off spot. 551BECEC-9A5F-490E-892E-DEFF288600BB-600x387

“We have beaten the untouchables. We can walk tall now,” Malawi’s coach Whyte Mulilima said.

Mulilima said some help from above was the only explanation for Scotland missing a string of shots at the death.

“After winning that difficult game against New Zealand, everybody else wanted to come flat out for us and we know they will come hard on us,” he said.

“I almost died. They missed three chances — three shots. No. That meant God was with us.”

While Malawi’s chances of reaching the semi-finals (and a shot at a medal placing) are slim, Mulilima said even having that remote chance was a source of pride.

“It’s a pride to Malawi and every Malawian would be so happy to hear we have qualified and got a medal. The sky’s the limit. Let’s just wait and see,” he said.

 

Commonwealth Games team unveiled

IMG_2906The Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) of Malawi unveiled a 20-member team for the 2018 Goldcoast Games comprising netball and athletics.

The games will be staged in Queensland, Australia, from April 4-15.

Speaking during the team unveiling in Blantyre, CGA (Malawi) president Oscar Kanjala said the country will for the first time be represented by only two sports codes following a decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to improve the standards of the event.

“The Games’ commercial value has increased drastically and, as such, it is attracting top-class athletes—because of that CGF decided that most of the codes will be staged based on qualification.

“If the level of participants is low, top-class athletes would shun the event and in view of that, CGF decided to up the standards,” he said.

Kanjala said there were three codes—netball, volleyball and weightlifting—which required qualification and out of these, only netball made the grade.

“The other two were not ready. But then even for other codes that did not require qualification, they too were not ready.”

He said the development is a wake-eup call to athletes and associations to pull up their socks and meet the standards.

The CGA Malawi president and his vice Flora Mwandira said athletics was chosen because most of the athletes were not far off from the required qualification time.

Added Mwandira: “We had been discussing with the associations that we would only take those that are well prepared.”

Kanjala also said as CGA they own and facilitate the games while government comes in to support the associations.

England-based netballer Joyce Mvula has been named as Malawi’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The attire for the opening ceremony and the games was also unveiled.

The Queens left on the 17th of March 2018 for New Zealand for a four-day Taini Jamison Quad Series  in Auckland, which will also involve the hosts Ferns, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls and Fiji’s Pearls from March 21 to 24 en route to the Commonwealth Games.

Queens assistant coach Whyte Mulilima yesterday named a 12-member full-strength squad which has seen the return of experienced goal defender Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira and Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and goal attacker Sindi Simtowe-Msowoya.

The squad also includes Australia-based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda and  Mvula. The other players are Jane Chimaliro, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta, Bridget Kumwenda, Lorraine Ngwira, Joana Kachilika (captain) and Martha Dambo.

Said Mlilima: “It was not easy to come up with the final squad, the competition was very stiff and those that have made it were outstanding.”

Athletics coach Isaac Phiri said the athletes were picked based on their performance in international competitions since 2016.

The eight athletes expected to depart for Australia on March 25 are Dalitso Gunde (200m), Golden Gunde (200m), Benedicto Makumba (800m), Gervazio Mpani (5 000m), Chance Master (5 000m), Kefasi Kasteni (10 000m), Francis Khanje (marathon) and Happy Mcherenje (marathon).

 

Netball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Netball is one of the ten core sports at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia. This will be the sixth staging of netball at the Commonwealth Games since its inclusion in 1998, and the second time the netball event has been held in Australia.

The competition will take place between 5 and 15 April 2018.[1] Preliminary matches will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, with finals matches being held at the Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre. A total of 144 athletes from 12 nations are scheduled to participate.

The following is the competition schedule for the netball competition:

 

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The Malawi Queens have been placed in group B where it will face New Zealand, Scotland, Uganda, England and Wales.

MALAWI GETS INVITATION ON GC2018 NETBALL SPORT REHEARSAL

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be staged from 4 -15 April 2018. There are 71 Commonwealth countries competing in GC2018 across a range of sports.

Netball is a high-paced sport where split second decisions can be the difference between winning and losing.

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GC2018 has selected Malawi to participate in the  Netball pre-competition Sport Rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday 4 April 2018. The match will be played under full competition conditions: 4x 15 minute quarters, including interval breaks of 4 minutes / 12 minutes / 4 minutes and Malawi will play against Barbados.

This opportunity provides GC2018 to test competition management procedures, sports presentation and scoring, timing & results technologies in a full match environment. Official GC2018 volunteers and Technical Officials will also be present to assist with match proceedings.

The Malawi Netball team (The Queens) left for the games on the 17th of March 2018