A United States of America (USA)- based Taekwondo expert Felix Lindeirie has advised Malawian athletes to put in more effort and acquire more knowledge if they are to realise their dreams of making an impact at the international stage.
Lindeirie, a 5th Dan Blackbelt holder, sponsors a national Taekwondo championship in the country annually and he says he has seen a great improvement in the athletes over the past two years.
However, he says some of the athletes need to increase their knowledge of the game to develop better skills so that they can succeed at the international level.
Lindeirie made the observation after holding a number of training sessions with athletes that would represent the country at the Olympic Games Qualifiers in Morocco next month.
“I see a great improvement in the athletes, but their major problem is that most of them lack stamina. Most of them get tired quickly when sparring. That is a bad because for them to do well at the international level they need to have stamina and endurance to compete well,” he said.
“I have also observed that most of the athletes just rely on the use of their legs. They rarely use their hands. It seems to be a common problem because I observed the same during a tournament in Mzuzu earlier this month. My advice to them is that they should use their hands as well as they use their feet. In that way, they can score good points and win matches.”
Lindeirie advised the Olympic-bound athletes to learn new fighting techniques before the qualifiers so that they could have a shot at making it to the Olympic Games in Brazil this July.
Malawi will be represented by Hassan Wasili, Stain Phiri, George Mbewe and Joseph Phiri at the qualifiers