Kinondoni Municipality Mayor, Mr Yusuf Mwenda
Tanzania Paralympics Committee (TPC) wheelchair tennis national team left the country yesterday for Kenya where they are expected to compete at this year’s BNP Paribas East African qualifiers.
The national team made up of five players, one coach and a matron left the country by bus for the one week tournament starting today in Nairobi.
The TPC chairman Johson Jansen said yesterday that due to lack of money the team has left without a team leader and team physician.
Jansen said the team left the country with only 400,000/-.
He said the team needed 2.5/- for registration and 4m/- for transport of six players, a coach and a matron.
But, due to financial problems the team left with the said amount which they get from Kinondoni mayor Yusufu Mwenda.
He said they will use the money donated by the mayor to pay for some of the players’ registration fees at the tournament.
Jansen also thanked the Dar Express bus company for agreeing to transport the team free of charge going and coming back from Kenya.
“We have written organizers of the event, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), seeking their favours so that some of our players could play without paying registration fees. We have explained to them the problems we have. We strongly believe they will understand our plight,” he said.
Jansen named the players who have travelled as Yohana Mwila, Tomas Kihiyo and Novatus Emmanuel for men team and Rehema Seleman and Bihawa Mustapha for ladies team.
Head coach is Riziki Salum and the matron is Angel Kajalelo.
Jansen said should they fail to honour the tournament, TPC risks to be fined US $50 for each player by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).