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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

One athlete for Paralympics Games

25th June 2012

The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has donates one slot to the Tanzania Paralympics Committee (TPC) to send an athlete at the London Paralympics Games scheduled for August 27 through September.

TPC secretary general Iddi Kibwana said his committee has voted Zaharani Mwenemti to compete at the Games. The (IPC) argued TPC to meet the cost of return flight tickets, food and accommodation for the athlete and two-member delegation. Kibwana said IPC will refund the expenses.

He said at the Games Mwenemti will compete in two categories of discuss and shot-put and will today start a two- month training camp in Zanzibar .

Kibwana said unlike other Paralympics athletes from other countries who will send their athletes to the UK for one month IPC-funded camp; the country will not attend the camp due to late confirmation.

“Due to other commitments we could not confirm our participation at the Games in time and this has affected us, as our athlete will not join the camping in the UK, but still we appreciate the opportunity availed”, he said.

Kibwana said TPC has written the National Sports Council (NSC) to help it with money for outfits, camping and allowances. He also urged individuals and companies to assist the body so that it can realise its dreams of participating at the Games.

"International Paralympics Committee has offered air tickets, food and accommodation. If we can't go just because we don't have money for camping and allowances, then it can be regarded that Tanzania is not serious," Kibwana said.

He also disclosed that TPC has intensified search for sponsors in an effort to improve the game in the country.

Kibwana said Paralympics athletes have potentials enough to win medals at any international games if finances are available

“Should disabled in Tanzania get the same gravity of support others do in other countries, then there is a possibility for them to improve at such events. It’s only that we lack the needed support, otherwise we have the best disabled athletes strong enough to impress and haul medals”, he said. 

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