By Colleta Wilton
Mulanje: District Commissioner for Mulanje, Stalichi Mwambiwa has urged residents in the district, including women, to participate in sporting activities such as cycling for a strong and healthy life.
He made the remarks Saturday during the cycling competition organised by the Mulanje Cycling Club and the Mulanje Golf Club.
Mwambiwa commended the organisers for the competition saying it is one way of raising awareness to the communities in conserving the environment and creating strong and healthy bodies.
“Cycling is progressing as a sport in the country. Mulanje as a district will be organising more cycling competitions as one way of attracting tourists and other visitors who will also be purchasing goods from local sellers hence boosting the economy of the local people,” said Mwambiwa.
Friends of Mulanje Orphans were among the sponsors of the event and the organisation’s trustee, Desmond Kaphoni said they are planning to purchase more bikes for Mulanje cycling clubs.
“As Friends of Mulanje Orphans, we are calling upon more partners for coordination so that we should be able to conduct cycling events every three months,” said Kamphoni.
Steven Nazombe Manyenje of Blantyre Cycling Club, who emerged winner after cycling 50 kilometres described the competition as tough saying he encountered a lot of challenges but emerged winner because he had practiced for the race for over a month.
“I will use the cash prize to purchase spares for my bicycle and since we are in the farming period, the remaining money will be used to buy farm inputs,” said Manyenje.
The race, which had a 50 and a 25 kilometre route, saw the winner walking away with a cash prize of K75, 000.
The event was organised with funding from the Mulanje Golf Club, Mulanje Cycling Club, Friends of Mulanje Orphans and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust.