Sports Equipment for Malawi Paralympic Games
Germany’s International Sports Promotion believes in sports without borders. In line with this, on 25 June 2013 German Embassy Lilongwe donated basketballs and footballs to Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) in support of the Malawi National Paralympic Sports day which falls on the 20th of July. The handover took place at the Malawi National Council of Sports Offices in Lilongwe.
Enlarge image Deputy Head of the German Embassy, Johannes Scharlau and President of the Malawian Paralympic Committee, Mr. Juma Mkandawire (© Jan Gottschalk)
According to MPC president, Mr. Juma Mkandawire, the donation will increase team level preparations and boost participation at the Big Day.
Speaking during the handover ceremony which was also attended by government officials such as the Chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Regional Sports Development Officer for the Centre, Mr Mkandawire explained that MPC decided to organise a National Paralympic Sports day in order to create awareness that disabled people can also take part in and enjoy sport. It is envisaged that the event will help encourage the disabled themselves as well as attract public support towards Paralympics.
Mr Mkandawire also recalled article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which urges countries to ensure that persons with disabilities participate in mainstream and disability-specific sports
To the MPC president, “nothing is impossible” and he is confident that Malawi can make it to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.