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Dar athletes skip Cape Town tour

17th March 2012
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AT secretary general Suleiman Nyambui

Athletics Tanzania (AT) said lack of funds has compelled its athletes to skip the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Cross Country to be held in Cape Town tomorrow.

AT secretary general Suleiman Nyambui said efforts to secure funds from any source within the country failed to materialize.

The AT official said the championship would have been of great importance to the athletes.

He said this was the opportunity for the Dar athletes to meet their counterparts from the continent to gauge their skills.

The Dar athletes are currently training at the Filbert Bayi Secondary School in Kibaha ahead of the London Olympics.

Nyambui bemoaned the loss of the opportunity as it would have been useful to assess their performance.

The AT secretary general said efforts to have domestic athletes compete at international stages are hampered by poor resources.

“We really wanted to participate at the CAA cross country in Cape Town but our efforts to solicit funds were frustrated by poor response from the would be donors,” said Nyambui.

The second edition of CAA has attracted 194 athletics from 21 countries and 48 officials will attend the championship.

Nyambui said had AT secured the sponsorship it would have send young athletes so that they would get international exposure like what other countries have done.

 He said the event had 37 junior men and 41 junior women athletes while there are 75 and 41 senior men and women, respectively.

 Nyambui named the countries to participate at the event as Angola, Eritrea, Botswana, Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zambia, Sudan, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the hosts.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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