In a move to keep track and monitor the standards of swimmers in the country, the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) has embarked on maintaining a date base for the athletes.
TSA technical advisor Marcelino Ngalioma said the initiative aims at easing selection of the national team members particularly ahead of high-profile international meets.
He said swimmers must join the national team on the basis of merits to iron out the present misunderstandings and presumption of favouritism.
Ngalioma said the date base would effectively be used in meting selection of swimmers ahead of the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and 2016 Brazil Olympics.
The association said the records will help them select good young swimmers for the two international events.
He said his association is committed to nurture young swimmers and build up inventory of them to fill the gape of ageing ones.
The TSA says there is a strong need to have proper records of the athletes’ performances.
He TSA official said there is a growing number of swimmers as the game is taking shape such that record keeping would ease to merit them in time of selection.
Meanwhile, the Southern Sun invitational swimming gala ended in Dar es Salaam over the weekend and was attended by more than two hundred young competitors.
Swimmers came all the way from Savanna Plains International School, International School of Morogoro, Dar Swimming Club, TALISS, Stingrays Swimming Club, Isamilo, Zanzibar Swimming Club, HOPAC, Tanzania Marine Swimming Club, Kigamboni Swimming Club, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Swimming Club and many other private swimmers.
The president of the TALISS club Najat Ahmed whose club played host to the event, said the annual event is organized with the aim of improving the game in the country, and serves as a good practice for young swimmers.
The host club emerged overall winner collecting six medals while Tanzania Marine, Stingrays Swimming Club and Dar Es Salaam Swimming Club (DSC) each collected two medals.
Najat said in individual categories, TALISS and former national team swimmer Hilal Hilal emerged the winner in the 17 and over male category while in the same category Alexbeton was the winner in female.
On his remarks managing director of Southern Sun Hotel, Adam Fuller said his form has been maintaining a sponsorship stranglehold for the
fifth time in a row.
He said the firm is committed to improve sports in the country and efforts are made to use the tournament as a foundation for nurturing swimmers who can represent the country at international event.
Fuller said Southern Sun is upbeat to back the event and would be highly pleased to see some of the Tanzania swimmers qualify for the Olympics in the future.
The TSA technical director also announced that his committee will today meet all coaches whose teams competed at the event and select 20 best swimmers to represent the country at the continental Zone three and four games in Mozambique.