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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Floppy swimmers for World tourney

13th October 2010

Despite frequent failures at international stage, Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) is expected to name a provisional national team for camping in Dar es Salaam ahead of biennial World championship scheduled for the United Arab Emirates from December 15.

TSA technical director Marcelino Ngalioma would not unveil location of the camp.

Ngalioma said the number of swimmers who will camp will depend on availability of funds.

The TSA official unveiled the plan during a Tanzania Swimming Club tournament held at the Funky pools in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

The championship was competed by ten clubs as Stingrays excelled to win the title.

Heaven of Peace (HOPAC) and University of Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (UDSM Sharks) finished runners-up and third placed respectively.

Other clubs that competed at the championship were JKT Swimming, Isamilo International School of Mwanza, Tanzania Marine swimming Clubs A and B, Arusha Swimming and Stingrays swimming clubs A and B .

In a related development, Marcelino said TSA is very pleased that swimming game is now gaining popularity.

He said this was evidenced at the club championship when three new teams made their maiden appearance.

These were Isamilo, Arusha and JKT swimming clubs. He said both teams had young swimmers.

The TSA official said his association is particularly happy with JKT club which featured very young swimmers from Kigamboni.

He said JKT swimmers train in the Indian Ocean and it was there first time to use a pool .

TSA awarded JKT swimming duo of Agnes Chimimba and Patrick Kimimba with prizes to highlight inspiration.

“TSA has been impressed with what the Kigamboni-based JKT swimming team displayed during the event,” said the TSA official.

In another development, the TSA official said his body would visit all swimming clubs in the country to see how they operate. The date of the visits was not unveiled.

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