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Dar swimming camp deserted

12th June 2013
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Only Hilal Hilal is taking trouble to attend practise session out of the three who are making Tanzania team to compete in the World championship scheduled for Barcelona from July 19 through August.

National swimming team coach Geoffrey Kimimba said Hilal is attending practice sessions at the International School of Tanganyika as the rest are no show so far.
Kimimba said the swimmer is responding well at the training intending to compete well in Barcelona.

Swimming duo of Marrium Foum and Ammar Ghadiyali has been skipping the camp due to educational commitments outside the country.

Recently Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) named the swimming trio to represent the country through wildcard entry as they did not qualify for the event.

“So far only one swimmer Hilal Hilal is attending the trainings, but I have been told that Ghadiyala and Foum are attending trainings in Canada and Egypt respectively, where they also pursue studies,” he said.

He said TSA has communicated to him that the duo will join camp soon. However, the coach said this will not affect his training plans as swimming is an individual sport.

The Tanzanian swimmers failed to qualify for the Barcelona event at the Zone 3 and 4 CANA championship held in Zambia last month.

After flopping in Zambia, TSA expected to send four swimmers to the world event, but the international swimming federation IFNA has earmarked only three slots for Tanzania.

Despite all efforts, the country swimmers have never qualified for any top swimming event.

Meanwhile, TSA said it remains optimistic over swimmers qualification for the 2014 Olympic Youth Games in China.

The body’s secretary general, Noel Kiunsi, said the country has many young swimmers who can perform well at the event.

He said TSA hopes young swimmers will qualify for the event. However, he declined say how many of them will compete at the China event which is scheduled to start in August next year.

“We have many young swimmers who are capable of winning medals at any event,” he said.

Kiunsi said TSA builds up its 2016 Brazil Olympics team around the young generation of swimmers to enhance chances of winning medals.

“TSA has a strong urge to brew young strong squad that can guarantee the availability of medals at the Brazil Olympics,” he said.
A total of 28 sporting activities will be staged in 15 venues during the event in China.

TSA executive members will meet soon to discuss preparations for the next year’s Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and other international events. 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN