Three athletes from Andiamo Wings of Hope are competing at the Mini Olympics Games that are being jointly held at Civo Stadium and Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe from today to Sunday, 24 November 2013.
Sports Coordinator of Andiamo Wings of Hope, Dennis Phiri says the three are Keffasi Kasiteni, Eneless Aufi and Gift Kawale, all from Andiamo Secondary School.
Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) says necessary groundwork has been completed to ensure that the successful running of the Mini Olympics Games in Lilongwe from Thursday to Sunday.
Participants have been drawn from seven sporting codes: athletics, boxing, netball, table tennis, judo, weightlifting and cycling, will compete in the games, the first of its kind.
Moc President Oscar Kanjala is quoted in the media that the idea to stage Mini Olympics was hatched to motivate athletes to aim to qualify for major international events and inspire the nation to support sporting activities.
“We feel such traditions will help athletes to grow with Olympic culture. We also want to woo the corporate world to help associations and athletes to qualify for the major events,” The Daily Times of 21 November 2013 quotes Kanjala.
Andiamo Wings of Hope is a team of athletes that are selected from a pool of talented athletes who are identified through Inter Schools Hope Trophy in Balaka. Both Andiamo Wings of Hope and Hope Trophy are initiatives of Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI), which is under Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust in Balaka with an aim to raise the game of athletics among the youth.