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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Swimming body withholds squad

13th May 2011

Tanzania Swimming Association’s (TSA) technical director Marcellino Ngalinoma says names of those athletes who excelled during the national championship held last week are not for publicity yet.

The move has been taken as the director is waiting to expand his selection options ahead of another swimming championship to be held at the Heaven of Peace School’s pools early next month.

He said the full line-up of swimmers who would possibly represent the country at the All Africa Games scheduled for Maputo in September will be released after the next month’s event.

The TSA technical director aims at keeping the swimmers in tense mood and improves their performance during the other championship.

Ngalinoma said his association wants to have a second close look at the swimmers who performed well at the just ended open championship before deciding for his final squad selection of the national team.

The director said swimmers to be selected after next month’s event would join non residential camp to gear up for the Maputo Games.

Ngalinoma went on to say that the swimmers to be camped would get an opportunity to competing at all events which may come ahead of the Maputo trip.

“We will not release the names of the swimmers who performed well at the last championship, as we need to examine them again at the next club championship,” he said.

Ngalinoma said TSA was very happy with the degree of competence displayed by swimmers during the championship. He hopes the team members to be selected might be capable of winning some medals in Maputo.

“Swimmers have been rubbing shoulders among themselves and have excelled to give us hope of doing something I Maputo,” he said.

Ngalinoma said many swimming clubs from all over the country have confirmed to send their athletes at the forthcoming championship expected to be a thriller.

“We have clubs from all over the country confirming to turn up which heralds a competitive show for us to widen team selection,” he said.

Commenting on the ongoing coaches seminar in Dar es Salaam, Ngalinoma said the refresher has opened their ayes after learning various new techniques.

“Coaches are responding very well to the lessons much to our relief and to be honest the course has opened our eyes. We have leant many new techniques and at the end of the seminar we anticipate improvement of the game countrywide,” he said.

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