Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) has asked the country’s boxing federation (BFT) to submit to the international boxing federation (AIBA) recognized certificate of coaches who will accompany boxer Seleman Kidunda to the London Olympic Games in July.
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, TOC secretary general Filbert Bayi said AIBA has directed that boxing coaches accompanying their boxers to the London Games should have certificates recognized by the international body.
Bayi said TOC has already sent the AIBA’s directive to BFT and his committee is waiting a response from the boxing governing body.
Bayi warned BFT not to send a coach with no qualifications recognized by AIBA to the Games as they will not be accepted to coach the boxer at the event.
"We have asked BFT to quickly submit certificates of their coaches to us so that we can send them to AIBA for verification. Failing to do so it means the coaches will not be allowed to coach the boxer at the event,” he said.
Bayi also clarified that AIBA directive is not only to the Tanzanian coaches but to all those who will be accompanied their boxer in the Games.
Meanwhile, Bayi said TOC officials will today leave for Zanzibar to discuss preparations for the London Olympics Games which are scheduled for July 26 in London England.
The TOC secretary general said the main agenda will be to discuss the preparations for the coming Olympic Games and also disciplinary action which the committee will take against runner Fabian Joseph, who is being accused of absconding athletics camp in Kibaha.