By Donata Mpochela
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Ministry of Sports spokesperson, Simon Bvundula, has disclosed that cabinet is yet to give a nod for the country to host African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games in 2022.
However, Bvundula said there was no cause for alarm as, administratively, work was on-going in readiness of the regional developmental biannual competition.
“It is a procedure that we have to go through but there is a will from the cabinet to enable us stage the games. Remember when Malawi hosted the Cosafa Under-17 championship we also went through the same procedure,” he said.
Bvundula said in preparation for the games government is expected to construct necessary structures including Olympic size swimming pool.
Malawi is mandated to host following rotational basis.
“We know we need some structures like a swimming pool. You might wish to know that such processes started way back. For football we believe the existing structures will do because we have used them for other events as well,” he said.
Malawi must cough about MK23 billion to host the developmental games which formerly were called as Zone VI Youth Games.
The amount covers for various activities including administration and construction of modern swimming pool as well as renovating Kamuzu Institute for Sports.
Critics questioned Malawi’s capacity to host the biannual developmental games and asked Malawi National Council of Sports to consider surrendering the hosting rights to other able countries.
Recently, Sports Council Acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka, defended Malawi’s position to host the games saying the budget was catering for an Olympic size swimming pool and indoor facility.
“We are moving as planned. Hosting of the games on operational side will cost about MK3 billion. Of course this excludes sports infrastructure which is the biggest expenditure. We have plans to make the Kamuzu Institute a sports village and one of the facility we want to place is the swimming pool estimated at MK20 billion,” he told this paper in January.