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Olympic hopefuls open camp in Kibaha

29th March 2012
Secretary general Filbert Bayi

The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) has opened a camp for training of the country’s representatives in Kibaha and Zanzibar, the body’s secretary general Filbert Bayi announced yesterday.

The camp would cater for athletes, judokas and boxers while swimmers have been locked out.

However, the final squad selection size is yet to be established as of now.

The camp would include the provisional athlete squads for the above named respective sports categories.

The Kibaha camp is located inside the Filbert Bayi Secondary School where boxers and athletes will be based while the Zanzibar camp is exclusively for the judokas.

Bayi said the camps have been opened to give ample time the Olympic hopefuls ahead of boarding a flight to London for the Games.

Bayi said TOC is fed up with unpleasant results which athletes have been recording in the previous international events.

Bayi, the former 1,500 metres record holder, said his technical committee and officials of the respective sports associations have come into agreement to open an extensive camping for the athletes to train effectively.

He also said TOC wanted to have closer monitoring of boxers and judokas who are seeking Olympic qualifier for African region to be held in Morocco.

The qualifiers are expected to start at the end of the month through April in Moroccan cities of Rabat and Casablanca.


Tanzania has only two athletes who have attained the London qualifying time, Zakia Mrisho and Samson Ramadhan.

However, the TOC official said chances are high that the country may send more athletes to the Games.

Bayi also maintained that the Bradford University Camp in Leeds for Tanzanian athletes is still available but was noncommittal on the date when the camp will begin.

The dates of the Tanzanian team camping in UK will depend on the number of athletes who will qualify for the Games.

“If many athletes qualify for the Games, the team will spend few days at the camp in Leeds but the duration will be longer for those few who might qualify,” he said.

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