Athletes totalling 31 join the Salvation Army camp in Dar es Salaam in preparation for the forthcoming East Africa championship that gets underway in Dar es Salaam on June 3.
Athletic Tanzania (AT) secretary general Suleiman Nyambui said all selected athletes have been notified of the camp opening.
He further said AT has organised the camping after noting that athletes have been performing poorly in the previous competitions due to ill preparations.
Nyambui said the athletes will be drilled on speed aiming at keeping at bay the Kenyans and Ugandans who have been dominant in the previous events.
“We have been having very short time camps but this time around we want to have serious preparations to groom the athletes while building up confidence before the regional event and All African games”, he said
Nyambui said six countries have confirmed to participate at the championship and he named them as Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Ethiopia.
He named the athletes who are expected to join the camp as Masatu Laurent, Tony Redo, Kazimoto Tony, Lister Matonya, Gideon Msomi, Frank Martin, Augustino Mwanadi, Hifadhi, Khalfan, Juma Ititi and Michael Mohamed.
Others are Peter Sule, Yohane Masuka, Josephat Mateu, Saidi Thomas, Dominic Wilson, Frank Nyabibo, Patrick Kagengele, and Alfu Raha.
The list goes on to Basil John, Mohamed Ally, Dotto Ikanga, Berea Hera, Arnold Loningo, Fabian Nelson, Marco Joseph, Josephat Elias, Fabian Joseph, Dickson Marwa, Ezekeil Jafari and Damian Chopa.
In a similar development, Nyambui said the country will not send its athletes to Comrades International Marathon to be held in South Africa later this month.
He described the Comrades games as the toughest of all races and need more preparations.