Minister of Youth and Sports Honorable Richard Chimwendo Banda MP today morning had a meeting with the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board at Sports Council premises in Blantyre.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss how the Ministry and MNCS can work together to develop and promote sport in the country.
This is the first time for the Minister to meet MNCS Board since his appointment as Youth and Sports Minister early this year.
In his remarks the Minister explained that he was excited to meet Sports Council members as they are the people that matter in terms of sport development in the country. The Minister urged Sports Council members to be more innovative and implement programs that will help develop sport at the grassroot and engage in initiatives that will encourage mass participation in different sporting disciplines.
The Minister further explained that time has now come for the corporate world to be involved in sports development as government money alone is not enough to develop and promote sport in the country.
‘’ There is need for the Ministry and Sports Council to organize a sports indaba where captains of industries will be invited and highlighted on the need for them to be involved in sport. The indaba will help the Ministry, Sports Council and sport Associations to connect with the corporate world’’ explained the Minister.
On his part MNCS Board Chairperson Dr Sunduzwayo Madise thanked the Minister for having time to meet the Board and discuss important issues that are aimed at developing sport in the country.
‘’ We welcome the idea of having a sports indaba because as Sports Council we will benefit a lot from it, the money given to Sports Council will never be enough to fund all the Associations budgets. That is why as Sports Council we have said repeatedly that Associations should find other means of generating income to fund their activities instead of just looking up to government, so the indaba will help us connect with potential partners who will invest in sport’’ explained Madise.
The Minister is expected to meet Football Association of Malawi (FAM) officials at Mpira Village this afternoon.