After decades of dormancy, the Government through national sports council and other stakeholders has woken from deep slumber and take initiative to revive badminton game.
Both the game and its association have virtually died as only few recreational players’ take trouble to play it but not on competitive stages.
Badminton used to be one of the highly competitive and active racket play games at several clubs in Tanzania, including Dar Khalsa.
The information and communication advisor for interim committee of the Tanzania Badminton Association (TBA), Sylvester Hanga, said efforts to revive the sport started since November last year where members used to meet every two weeks to strategise plans on how best they could promote it.
“According to the advice from stakeholders, the director of sports, Leonard Thadeo, and the management of National Sports Council (NSC) led by the former Wilbard Kente have convened more than four meetings to discuss new strategies of reviving the sport which disappeared nearly two decades ago,” said Hanga.
Some of the preliminary preparations were to appoint an interim committee of 15 members who hold different positions.
Arun Jobanputra was appointed Tanzania Badminton Association chairman, one Major Komba vice chairman, and Wilbard Kente secretary general assisted by Evodius Kashaija and Antony Desouza.
Other appointed members were Mukesh Shah (treasurer) assisted by Satish Khetia, whereas Anil Ramaiya was appointed the sport’s chief referee. However, Wilson Mwampanga and Dhanesh Ramaiya were appointed sport’s coach and trainer respectively.
The appointees were assigned to prepare the TBA constitution draft, an exercise that would be followed by collecting views from various stakeholders before convening general meeting to elect new office bearers.
Badminton was one of the celebrated sports in the country in 1970s and 80s promoting Tanzania abroad, including East and central Africa’s championships but unfortunately lost its glory.