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CAT backs Dar tennis tournament

28th November 2012
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The Confederation of African Tennis has injected $20,000 into the Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) to host

International Tennis Federation (ITF) sanctioned East African Junior Championship to be held in Dar es Salaam from January 6 next year.

However, the TTA general secretary Inger Njau says the sum is insufficient to meet organising budget for the tournament that has attracted competitors from 13 countries.

Players from the 13 countries have confirmed to participate in the tourney that also would be running as a qualifier stage for African junior championship.

Without itemising the budget estimates, Naju says her association needs additional $10,000 so that it can host the event successfully.

She declined to say whether the tournament would be pushed back or cancelled should TTA miss the additional sum.

“ITF and CAT will provide $20,000 to our association. This money is from the Grand Slam development fund, and it will contribute towards the cost of hosting the event. As a host nation we are expected to provide hospitality to all officials, players and coaches for the whole duration of the championship,” she said.

She said ITF/CAT will also provide trophies for the event.

The TTA has intensified efforts to solicit funds from individuals and corporate world.

The TTA official says a portion of the additional money will be used to open a camp for the home side players.

Tanzania will be represented by 12 players and in an effort to prepare well TTA technical panel has proposed a more than two-week residential camp.

Meanwhile, Njau said the annual BQ Tennis Open championship will be held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club end of this week.

More than 50 young players have confirmed to compete in the two-day event.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN