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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Council gives ultimatum to tennis body

23rd April 2012

The National Sports Council (NSC) has given troubled Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) to hold its general election by June this year or otherwise face the music.

NSC’s official Mohamed Kiganja said failure to abide to the latest notice; the council would intervene and appoint interim leaders.

He said the council had early this year directed TTA to put its house in order by forming regional and district committees and, draft a new constitution.

Kiganja said the Government has the authority to see that all the sports bodies in the country are run by officials who are democratically elected.

He openly said putting the interim committee to run TTA will not mean that the Government is interfering in running sports activities, but rather it must be understood that sports bodies should be operated in conformity with rules and regulations in force.

“We have remained with only one month and few days before June and sought to know how prepared is TTA for the proposed elections, if they have started implementing points raised by NSC”, Kaganja said.

TTA’s chairman Dennis Makoi said changing the A leadership will not improve the game in the country, hence he is not thinking of the June elections but how the game can improve in the country.

He said he is thinking above tennis as he has plans to have a national sports policy that would upgrade sports as a sector and not only one sporting activity.

Makoi said a sport in the country is not improving because the Government does not have development policy not because of sports leaders but rather lacks infrastructure development.

Makoi bragged that during his reign the game of tennis improved and reached to many people. However, he failed to mention some of their achievements and contradicted himself when he said a sport in the country has not reached a level of promotion as it is still at its infant stages.

“My brother you seem as if you are not in our country, Tanzania has not come to the level of promoting its sport it is still at infantry stage”, said Makoi.

He further asked all stakeholders to address and advocate national economic development through sports.

The Makoi leadership was appointed on interim basis in 2000 and told to hold the general elections after three years, but up to now they have not met the obligations

Currently Makoi and Inger Njau who is his secretary general are running the fairs of the association.

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