National team amateur boxers have expressed their disappointment over poor services at their camp in Dar es Salaam.
The boxers are gearing up for the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi later in October.
The boxers, who pleaded for anonymity, said they have been confined to the camp for seven months now but the Boxing Federation of Tanzania, BFT, has never served them with allowances to meet their upkeep.
They said morale for most of them has been down to earth with the poor state of the camp.
“We have families to take care but BFT has failed completely to take that note while we are suffering,” said one of the boxers who strictly pleaded to remain anonymous.
Reacting to the complaints, BFT secretary general Mashaga Makore said his association has no money to pay for the boxers’ allowances.
He, however, requested the boxers to extend tolerance and put the national interest as a top priority while modalities are being worked out to rescue the situation.
Makore said the situation would have been worse had the boxers been civilians as most of them are army servicemen.
The boxers currently on camp are servicemen and he said if they were civilians things would have been worse.
He said BFT would pay the boxers some allowances if the financial state of the body will improve.
He noted that efforts are underway to convince AIBA (Association of International Boxing Amateurs) to send some funds to meet the boxers request.
Some boxers have complained that the camp has failed to serve them even with trivial services such as drinking water.
“Each of us has to dig deep in his pocket to take care of himself,” complained one of the boxers.
BFT has been embroiled in poor funding for its operations and recently failed to send a team of three boxers to youth championship that was expected to be held in Azerbaijan later this month.