The Malawi National Council of sports (MNCS) has applauded the Special Olympics Malawi team for their outstanding performance at the 2023 Special Olympics world games in Berlin, Germany where the team managed to collect 9 medals.
Speaking during the teams welcoming ceremony at Malawi sun hotel in Blantyre MNCS Board member and Chairperson of the sports development committee Mrs. Hellen Tasosa Mpinganjira explained that Malawians need to be proud of the Special Olympics Malawi team.
‘’It was only a team of 14 athletes but they managed to bring 9 medals (5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) as sports council we are very happy with this achievement and we believe that they need to applauded. As council we will continue supporting Special Olympics in Malawi, but you are aware that as MNCS we support a number of sports disciplines and to fulfill each and every budget for an association its quite difficult for us, so what we try to do is to make sure that the cake what we have is shared amongst all the sports disciplines that are affiliated to us’’. Explained Mpinganjira
Commenting on the team’s performance the national director of Special Olympics Malawi Enid Mauluka explained that they are proud to bring the 9 medals home
‘’It was not an easy journey but it was a delightful one because when we look at the games, we had about 7000 athletes from all over the world, we had about 190 countries that participated at the world games and its not easy. Although the others did not win medals, they did manage to reach the finals of their respective competitions which was a very good thing’’. Explained Mauluka.
Speaking on behalf of the athletes Melisa Phapa thanked MNCS for the support and expressed satisfaction with how the athletes performed at the world games
‘’We are happy because its not that simple to win those medals because they were many athletes who also wanted to win’’. Explained Phapa.
The 2023 special Olympics world games were held under the theme ‘’Nothing about us without us having a say’’. The Special Olympics world games are participated by athletes with intellectual disability and are organized to showcase the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disability on a global stage.