Previously, the Athletes Association of Malawi (AAM) wanted to find 32 athletes through its organized competitions at Kamuzu Institute for sports in Lilongwe last Saturday to represent the country at international competitions in Zambia and South Africa this month.
At first AAM wanted to identify the 20 best junior athletes to go to South Africa for the Southern Africa Junior Championship between June 22 and 26 but during the National Track and Field Championships in Lilongwe last Weekend managed to come up with only number of athletes 12.
However, according to AAM general secretary Frank Chitembeya said the number has also been trimmed to four as travailing to South Africa through Mozambique is risk so they have to fly.
“It’s too risky to travel to South Africa by road and only option is to fly our athletes which is very expensive. Therefore, we have decided to trim the squad from 12 to four so that expenditure should tally with t our budget for the international event,” Chitembeya said.
AAM identified also 20 athletes during the same event that will travel to Zambia for the southern Africa Junior Championship to be held this weekend in Lusaka.