The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has acknowledged efforts to promote netball game in the country after awarding the CHANETA chairperson Anna Bayi with a certificate of reorganisation.
Representing the certificate to Bayi in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) women’s desk chairperson Irene Mwasanga said the certificate given is highest sports recognition by IOC.
She said IOC gives the certificate on annual basis to people who have worked tirelessly and use their resources to improve sport and other social activities in their or other countries
The certificate, according to Mwasanga is also is awarded to people who use sports to reach to less privileged people in the society.
Mwasanga said her committee recommended Bayi to the IOC after noting her tremendous activities of improving sports to people regardless of their race color, religion and age.
She said for a long time Bayi as a netball association chairperson and one of the directors of Filbert Bayi Schools, has been using her personal money and recourses to improve netball in the country. She also uses her schools as camping for boxing, athletics, judo teams and other teams.
Mwasanga also said on top of promoting sports Filbert Bayi Schools provide scholarships to underprivileged students and pupils.
“Mama Bayi you are doing a very wonderful and remarkable job to the people of Tanzania and other countries that has pleased the IOC to offer you a certificate of recognition, we hope this will give you more energy to work extra harder so that many people in the country can benefit from your charitable activities”, she said.
Mwasanga was speaking during the opening of a five-day seven-nation netball tournament, also attended by many people including First Lady Salma Kikwete, Prime Minister’s wife Tunu Pinda and Africa Netball Association chairlady Tebogo Lebotse and to mention a few.
Madam Kikwete also thanked Bayi for her efforts to improve netball and other sporting activities in the country.
On her remarks, Lebotse urged African countries to work hard enough to improve the game in the continent, saying there are many people within the region who wishes netball to stumble.
Seven countries are competing in the tournament as Namibia made an eleventh hour pullout due to lack of funds.