The four Tanzanian swimmers who competed in the just ended World Championship in Istanbul are expected to fly back home today with empty hands.
Despite high hopes proudly bragged by by TSA technical director Marcelino Ngalioma ahead of their Istanbul flight, the Tanzanian swimming team failed to impress at the global championship.
The event took place at Sinam Erdem Dome, at Istanbul where Adam Kitururu, Hilal Hilal, Ammaar Ghadiyali and Mariam Foum were reduced to mere novices.
The TSA) secretary general Noel Kiunsi said the team was expected in the country yesterday but missed flight connection.
Kiunsi said the country swimmers did not perform well at the event, but said gained experience having competed against world class competitors.
“None of them did well although I have not been communicated of their official results by the Federation of International Swimming Associations (FINA). Unofficial results shows that the only thing our athletes have managed to do is to improve their personal best times”, he said.
Kiunsi said the TSA executive committee would require Ngalioma to present a report on why swimmers have always performing poorly at international competitions.
“It’s true we do not have infrastructure to improve the game and also train our swimmers to compete at high profile international competitions. I have I feeling that we must now start asking for performance reports of our swimmers so that as to work on some discrepancies highlighted by the technical panel accompanying the athlete”, he said.
Since the TSA gained affiliation into the world swimming federation, FINA in 2008, swimmers have been performing poorly at high profile events including the Olympics and world championships.
A plea for sponsorship has been a recurring song by TSA ahead of any international event but without reciprocating to the donors through winning medals.