Minister of Youth and Sports, Ulemu Msungama, has expressed excitement with the Blantyre marathon which took place on Sunday.
The event, which is the third to be organised by Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) in the district, attracted 69 athletes who took part in 42 km race, relay race and aerobics.
Msungama said: “I am extremely excited to be part of the event which according to the records, the participation has been overwhelming this year as compared to previous years.”
Msungama has therefore asked MNCS to organise similar events in all the districts across the country.
He further assured that government will help to bring in more sponsors so that overall prize money for the Blantyre marathon, which has remained at K1 million since its inception in 2018, be increased.
In his remarks, MNCS board charperson, Sunduzwayo Madise, said his organisation is ready to take similar events to other districts across the country.
And Blantyre marathon organising chairperson, Martin Matululu, said this year’s event had many success stories citing that it attracted 69 athletes as compared to last year’s 47 athletes and also winners have reduced time.
The gold medal in women category went to Nalise Chirwa and she pocketed K1 million.
In men’s category, Mphatso Benjamin Nadolo received gold medal and also went away with K1 million.