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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Dar swimmers in Turkey for world tourney

12th December 2012

Four Tanzanian swimmers have arrived in Istanbul over the weekend to compete in the world championship that gets underway in the Turkish capital today.

The swimmers lined up for the global tourney are Adam Kitururu, Hilal Hilal, Ammaar Ghadiyali and Mariam Foum.  Two of the team members have previously competed in the London Olympics last July.

Accompanying the team is the Tanzania Swimming Association’s technical director Marcelino Ngalioma.

Ngalioma said the team has prepared well ahead of the games to be held at the Sinan Erderm Dome. The swimmers have been training well for the event and he is confident they might sparkle.

Meanwhile, the TSA technical director is attending a two-day Federation of International Swimming Association’s (FINA) world sports medicine congress.

Ngalioma is delighted to attend the congress describing it as important for the country.

He said the congress was officially opened by FINA president Julio Maglione and more than 120 people from the five continents are attending.

He said the congress is discussing various topics in sports medicine which include the ethical use of drugs in sport, prevention of injuries for aquatic athletes, the role of the coaches and team physicians and the needs of competitors’ dietary challenges

Other topics are periodical health evaluation, analysis of different problems in each of the aquatic disciplines, biological passport, training at high altitudes and mental health issues.

He said the congress has brought many experts in the area of sports medicine,  and the theme of this congress is enhancing performance, the healthy aquatic athletes.

FINA president said at the congress that the topics discussed basically relate to the high performance sport and he hopes that the event is a privileged platform to exchange ideas which will help the gathering to benefit from everyone’s experiences.



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