World Boxing Council (WBC) in Lilongwe on Tuesday recognizing the Malawian President Peter Mutharika for playing big role in youth development by giving him an honorary boxing belt.
Historically, Mutharika is seconded president Nelson Mandela to receive this belt in Africa.
Speaking at Kamuzu Palace with Houcine Houichi who is Vice President of World Boxing Council (WBC) and President of Africa Boxing Union (ABU), Mutharika said was “ greatly honoured” for receiving this honourary belt.
Houichi and his entourage are in the country to attend Africa Boxing Union Convention which is taking place in Lilongwe this week.
Mutharika pointed out that sports play important role in facilitating economic and social growth, improve public health, and close gap in social differences.
“I know sport and physical education play an important role at the individual, community, national and global levels. For the individual, sport enhances one’s personal abilities, general health and self-knowledge,” said Mutharika.
Further Mutharika promised to create conducive environment for sports in Malawi and asked sports authorities in the country to work tirelessly to turn boxing into a professional sport.