Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has pleaded for the resumption of netball activities that were suspended in the country as part of COVID-19 preventive measures.
NAM president, Khungekile Matiya, disclosed that her association had already written the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) asking for a waiver to allow the resumption of netball.
Matiya said: “As NAM we have asked the Malawi National Council of Sports to take our concerns to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 so that netball can re-start while observing preventive measures because right now our girls are just idle a development which pauses a threat to the future of the game.”
She added that if netball activities do not resume soon, then the clubs, national teams and the talent of the girls will automatically die.
She further bemoaned that since most of the players are just idle, they are driven into bad behaviors including getting pregnancies and early marriages.
On the part of the National Netball Teams, Matiya said there is need for them to start preparations ahead of international assignments in December this year.
Under-20 National Netball Team is expected to participate in the regional games to be held in Lesotho while the under-21 side will take part in the World Youth Cup which will be played in Fiji.
“For both teams to perform better in their respective competitions there is need to start preparations now hence our plea for the resumption of netball activities,” said Matiya.