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TOC unveils boxers travel reservations

12th April 2012
TOC secretary general, Filbert Bayi

The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) secretary general, Filbert Bayi, yesterday said the national boxing team will board a Rabat-bound flight at the end of the month for qualifier event.

Morocco is hosting the boxing qualifiers for African teams ahead of the London Olympic Games.

Bayi said the boxing team was supposed to depart for Morocco last Wednesday or Thursday.

He said currently all the ten boxers are attending intensive preparations for the Morocco qualifications at Filbert Bayi Secondary School in Kibaha and six would be lined up for the Morocco qualifiers.

Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) secretary general Mashaga Makore confirmed on the date of the team departure but declined to disclose the names of boxers and officials to board the flight.

Makore said the team will be unveiled tomorrow in Dar es Salaam and the federation has decided to reduce the number of boxers traveling to Morocco to four so that they can accommodate two officials to accompany the team.

Initially, BFT announced that they would send five boxers and one official.

Makore defended the decision to reduce the number of boxers and increase officials for the trip based on advice by the organisers of the event.

He said the organizers have insisted that any team traveling with more than three athletes must be accompanied by more than one official.

The reason behind this is that there will have two rings and it will be very difficult for one official to attend both.

Asked if this will not minimise the chances of boxers to compete at the London Games, Makore said BFT objective was to send more boxers to Morocco so that the country would have big number of boxers qualifying for London Games.

However, BFT has been limited by the sponsors of the trip, TOC, who have been capable of sending only six people to the qualifier games.

The BFT officials said preparations for the boxers are in the right track and hope they would qualify for the London Games.

“We have prepared well for this qualifying games and it’s our hope that all the boxers will qualify,” he said.

Bayi said Tanzania can send all athletes who met the Olympic Games qualifying time but lamented that the country has been fielding only boxing, athletics, judo and swimming teams in the Olympics.

He urged all Olympic hopefuls to intensify their preparations so that they can meet the qualifying marks for the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games.

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