‘It is high time we started winning trophies at Olympics,’- Chilima

By Lydia Maganga

Blantyre, Mana: Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima has urged the organising committee of the Olympic Games to find the solution to the country’s perennial failure to win medals at international tournaments.

A woman presenting a doll representing this years Common Wealth games hosts which is United Kingdom-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

He said it was time to get serious and go back to the drawing table to try and take a different approach so that Malawian athletes bring medals back home from different tournaments.

The Vice President was speaking on Tuesday when he presided over the Queen’s Baton Relay on behalf of Malawians at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.

Chilima who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms emphasized that it was high time Malawians changed the approach from doing the same things as our performance has not been encouraging at the Commonwealth games.

“We need to drop the usual approach and explore other avenues to see that we promote our flag outside the country.

“Our performance has not been encouraging compared to other African countries who have managed to improve within the years and have brought trophies to their perspective countries,” he said.

Chilima encouraged Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) officials to get into serious planning in the games so that they win and make Malawians proud.

Netballers showcased netball skills during the function-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

“Considering that the 2022 Commonwealth Games are now drawing closer, let us get serious by practicing and planning so that we at least bring some trophies home,” he added.

The Vice President pledged government’s commitment to the Commonwealth and its activities.

MOC President, Jappie Mhango said it was a great honour for Malawi to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

He said the Queen’s Baton would be in the country for three days and it would go to Zambia on Thursday, November 19,2021.

Mhango said the Queen’s Baton has always been paraded in Lilongwe but this year they decided to change place to Blantyre for the first time.

Spicing the ceremony was a netball game, a boxing fight and Judo.

Some of the sporting disciplines that have qualified from Malawi for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to take place in Birmingham, United Kingdom include netball, boxing and marathon.

Former Malawi Queens Captain, Joana Kachilika presenting the Queens Baton to Blantyre City Mayor, Councillor ,Wild Ndipo-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

Minister of Sports, Ulemu Msungama presenting the Queens Baton to an athelete-Photo Arkangel Tembo,Mana

Some of the netballers also graced the arrival of the Queens Baton-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The plane that brought the Queens Baton from Tanzania-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The Vice President, Dr Saulosi Chilima being welcomed by Jappie Mhango, who is the President of MOC-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The Vice Presdient , Dr Saulosi Chilima after receiving the Queens Baton at Chileka Airport-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The Vice President , Dr Saulosi Chilima putting the Queens Baton at its place-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The Vice President of Malawi, Dr Saulosi Chilima received the Queens Baton at Chileka Airpot-Photo Arkangerl Tembo, Mana

The Vice President,Dr Saulosi Chilima presenting the Queens Baton to Ministr of Sports, Ulemu Msungama-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

The Vice President, Dr Saulosi Chilima’s arrival to welcome the Queens Baton-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

Vice President, Dr Saulosi Chilima’s arrival at Chileka to welcome the Queens Baton-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

Netballers running with the Queens Baton to Blantyre City Council-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana

A delegate from Tanzania brought the Queens Baton-Photo Arkangel Tembo, Mana