Malawi Special Olympics team shined at the world summer games in Loss Angels and raise Malawian flag by grabbing a total 12 medals; 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
This is the fourth time Malawi has participated and the athletes managed to win the highest number of medals compared to 2011 when the program sent five athletes to Athens in Greece to compete in athletics and won three gold medals, three silver plus one bronze.
The world games took place from July 25 to August 1.
Special Olympics Malawi National Director, Felix Chisowa said Malawi participated in athletics and tennis. In athletics the athletes participated in 100 meters, 200 meters, 50 meters running race and standing long jump while in tennis one athlete participated in lawn tennis.
“In 200 meters, Mussa Luhanga and Clara Phiri won a gold medal each while Ethel Bonongwe, and Denis Mologeni were on position 4 and Miracle Buleya was on position 7. One athlete Agnes Lekaleka was disqualified after she was injured during the 200 meters running race” said Chisowa.
Chisowa said in 100 meters running race, Agnes Lekaleka, Mussa Luhanga and Clara Phiri got a gold medal each while Miracle Buleya was on position 4 and Denis Mologeni was on position 6.
He added that in 50 meters running race, Desire Namaona won a gold medal and Henry Katopola won a silver medal while in standing long jump Ethel Bonongwe won a gold medal, Katopola won a silver medal.
“The program further won two bronze medals from lawn tennis which was participated by an athlete Mphatso Chiphwanya”, he added.
Speaking in interview from the US, Board Chairman for Special Olympics Malawi Peter Mazunda congratulated the team for making it and winning medals though he said there were a lot of challenges.
Mazunda also thanked all those who took part in facilitating for the team to embark on the journey to the World games.
“Am really grateful to those who took part in facilitating for the team to embark on this journey to the World Summer games, from reporters, coaches, well wishers and families”
“We are not stopping here, we are competing every day. Let us work together in playing unified sports to give opportunity especially to our athletes to be inclusive and healthy and be a productive population in our communities”, Mazunda said.