Malawi's four-man boxing team is hard at work training for the Commonwealth games in Edinburgh.?
Malawi's four-man boxing team is hard at work training for the Commonwealth games in Edinburgh. Their coach, Harry Davies, took them out on Tuesday (July 14) to the shores of Loch Duddingston where they ran and sparred. Later, Flyweight Kongo, Featherweight Bakayao, Lightweight Chienga and Bantamweight Nguwo, ran up and down the steps of a nearby hill called " Arthur's seat."
The boxers are out training every day at 6 a.m. and are their country's best hope for medals in the Games - the first year that Malawi is participating, with seven athletes and a bowling team as well as the pugilistic hopefuls.
Coach Davies was an experienced amateur boxer in Britain before going to Malawi to work as an engineer. Some years ago, while boxing in Edinburgh himself, he says he was tipped-off by a Scottish professional as to the advantages of training by jogging up and down the 196 steps of "Arthur's Seat" - an exercise excellent for strengthening the leg muscles and for breath control.
The Ninth Commonwealth Games open today (Thursday) with 1,900 competitors from 42 countries.