The judo national team coach, Zaidi Hamisi, said yesterday that Mlugu was the only judoka who has qualified for the world event.
Hamisi said that Mlugu will compete in the men’s 73kg category. “He will be the first Tanzanian judo player to compete in the Olympics,” he said.
On his part, Mlugu said that he will struggle to make sure that he wins a medal in Brazil.
“We will leave for the Games on August 2. I will make sure that I perform well,” he further intoned.
Tanzania will send seven athletes to the Olympics. The others are Fabian Joseph and Saidi Juma Makula, both in marathon.
Other marathoners are Alphonce Felix Simbu and Sara Ramadhani,, while Magdalena Moshi and Hilal Hemed Hilal will feature in swimming (50m freestyle).
More than 200 nations will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with the largest teams expected to come from the United States, Brazil and China.
It is estimated that there will be about 550 Americans, about 450 Brazilians and more than 380 Chinese athletes competing for medals in Rio.