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Dar plans to host 2016 Continental swimming tourney

22nd May 2012
Marcelino Ngalioma

Tanzania plans to host the 2016 African Swimming Confederation (CANA) championship, the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) technical director Marcelino Ngalioma confirmed yesterday.

The official said TSA is finalising procedures before presenting detailed proposal to the Government aiming to get approval before going ahead.

Ngalioma said TSA is doing everything possible to see that the country successfully hosts the event.

Should the plan win Government approval, the TSA official said there is a need to start preparing early on.

TSA will soon form a committee responsible for planning the event and also search for sponsorship.

He said the Government as the main stakeholder of sports in the country needs to be informed early.

He said hosting the CANA championship is the biggest opportunity which TSA has been craving for long.

Part of the proposal is a construction of two swimming pools of 50 and 25 meters length and width, respectively.

Each pool should have eight swimming lanes.

The pools, according to Ngalioma, should have starting blocks and touch pads fixed on them.

“All competitions these days are using touch pads to take time as opposed to traditional stop watches which are subject to human errors,” he said.

He went on to say that there is a need to construct a warm up and cool down pools, spectators stand and hostels.

The TSA chairman, Alex Moshi, said it’s the big honor for the country to host event as he begged the corporate world to assist the build up towards hosting the event.

He said though the government is the main stakeholder of sports in the country, the private sector should also help develop the game while the Government will be committed with other essential development activities.

The biennial CANA games are competed by over 16 African countries and more than 400 swimmers are attracted. Zambia will host the event next year.

Currently Tanzania has 25 metres swimming pools which are privately owned and available on request.

The construction of 50 metres pools will assist swimmers to practice and compete on level terms with other swimmers around the world.

Tanzania swimmers struggles to attain qualifier marks for next month’s London Olympics due to poor infrastructure at home.

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