Swimmer Amaar Ghadiyali stands a chance to represent the country at the London Games through Olympic Solidarity ticket, the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA)’s technical director Marcelino Ngalioma disclosed yesterday.
Ngalioma revelations comes after the Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC)‘s secretary general Filbert Bayi hinted on the possibility of securing tickets for swimmers to the Games through solidarity consideration.
According to Ngalioma, it’s not TSA who has proposed Ghadiyali to represent the country at the Games but it’s the International Swimming Federation (FINA) which he said has all records for swimmers.
Marcelino said Ghadiyali meets all the requirements set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for athletes competing at the Games on solidarity tickets.
Some of the requirements according to Ngalioma age limit. The athlete should not be beyond 25 years, competed at the previous international and national tournament.
Ngalioma said the swimmer eligible though the IOC has insisted on improvement of at tournaments recognised by FINA before end of month, otherwise he is bound to miss the opportunity.
The TSA official said the young swimmer will compete at oversees swimming championship this month as there is no FINA sanctioned event in Africa.
However, he declined to name an event which Ghadiyali would compete while weighing the possibility of sponsorship.
“Fortunately he is self sponsor and tries everything possible to compete at the FINA events in overseas. Available events are on May 25 in Kingston, May 27 in Italy and Japan and June 8 in Lima. We hope he will secure funds to compete at one of these events”, he said.
If Ghadiyali manages to source funds for the qualifying events and attain the qualifying time, he will join Magdalena Moshi who already qualified on Solidarity ticket and other athletes who have qualified for the Games.
The Tanzania Olympic squad board’s a flight for London on June 6 or 7 for London and will be hosted by the Bradford College for three weeks before joining the Olympic village.