Kickboxing Association of Malawi has appealed to companies to support kickboxing in the country in order to promote the sport.
Kickboxing Association of Malawi, president Benedicto Tsinde made the appeal at Chinamwali Complex in Zomba at the end of national kickboxing championship.
Tsinde observed that much sponsorship goes to football other than other sports such as kickboxing, saying lack of support in this regard kills the sport.
He added that kickboxing is a new sport in Malawi and needs to be supported by companies to ensure they’re rolled out across the country.
Tsinde expressed satisfaction over this year’s kickboxing championship as compared to last year’s competition adding that the Kickboxing Association of Malawi will continue organising such competitions in many parts of the country.
“We have been encouraged with the patronage and the way young people are competing and this is a reason why we should look for sponsors,” said Tsinde.
Kickboxing Association of Malawi General Secretary, Bright Limani, said kickboxing has a future in Malawi adding that it was impressive to see more than 40 young men from Blantyre, Mzuzu, Zomba, Lilongwe Thyolo and Mangochi competing in this year’s kickboxing competition.
He encouraged young men to continue with kickboxing though current prize money is little saying the Kickboxing Association of Malawi will continue looking for sponsors to ensure reasonable amount of prize money is awarded to competitors.
“This is the second year for the Kickboxing Association of Malawi to organise kickboxing competition as such we encourage the competitors to be patient as good things are coming,” added Limani.
Heavyweight champion, Yamikani Matembeka from Blantyre Youth Center said he emerged a winner because he had ample time to prepare .
Matembeka who received K20,000 for emerging a winner in heavyweight category also appealed to companies to also focus on kickboxing apart from football.
“I spent more during my preparation and l appeal to companies to come up with good sponsorship to make kickboxing more attractive to young men,” he added.
More than 40 young people participated in different categories of the kickboxing at Chinamwali Complex.
Malawi Council of Sports provided support to the 2022 Kickboxing champions competition with K1.2 million.
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