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Needed - a grand sports vision

26th August 2012

As has been seen for some time now, Tanzania has sadly become quite adept at producing abysmal performances at major sporting championships.

Granted, although these sorry displays can largely be put down to insufficient preparation, there also seems to be a lack of a clear sporting vision or plan, which would serve as a guide to all actors involved in the local sports sector.

The lack of a grand sporting vision or plan means that the different players in local sports have not been working in sync with one another hence the poor displays from our sportsmen and sportswomen.

Since such a grand plan is presently unavailable, this writer would like to suggest a few ideas which together might form just such a sorely needed plan in our domestic sporting arena.

The first aspect of our sports scene which demands serious attention is the lack of enough open spaces in the country reserved for children to play sports.

This is a serious problem that requires the ministry responsible for sports, local districts and the local sports fraternity to work together in order to earmark certain areas around the country for sports.

If this element of my proposed plan were to be implemented, it would amount to a massive shot in the arm for local sports at the grassroots level.

Another idea which local sports stakeholders could consider would be for them to begin raising funds well in advance of global sporting events so as to avert any cash-flow crises in the eleventh hour when well-laid plans will almost certainly be ruined.

For example, some of the major sporting championships which will take place in the coming years are the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Also worth it to note that there will be 2014 FIFA World Cup to be staged in Brazil which its qualification campaign is underway.

With this in mind, it would be prudent for local sports bodies to start raising funds now, in a bid to facilitate the diligent and thorough preparation for upcoming sporting events.

Therefore, these are just some of the ideas which perhaps, might go some way towards enhancing our chances of carting home medals at prestigious sporting contests.

The aim of outlining these suggestions is to begin a much needed debate about what we can do to arrest the decline in the standard of sports in this country because action clearly needs to be taken.

Lloyd Elipokea is a sports commentator

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