Dar to host EA junior athletics tourney, but…

23Mar 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Dar to host EA junior athletics tourney, but…

THE East and Central Africa junior athletics championships will be held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam for two days from April 29 acting Athletics Tanzania (AT) secretary general, Ombeni Zavalla confirmed yesterday.

She said preparations for the championships are underway.
She said AT has selected 20 athletes for the event and they will need funds to host event which will attract junior athletes from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt and Zanzibar.

The AT official could not name the athletes selected to open the camp saying the names will be released once all procedures are finalized.

She said AT currently has no money to host the event and she appealed to athletics stakeholders to help AT so that it can successfully host the event .

“We have started preparations for the event, our athletes will soon open camp to prepare for the championship, is one of the biggest event which we are giving it priority as you know junior event are used as platforms to develop young talents”, she said.

Zavalla said a congress for all East Africa athletics bodies will be held a day ahead of the event where among other things they will discuss of development, challenges and success of the sport in the region.

She said the championship will involve various track and field events, which include 100 , 200, 400 metres, relay 100x4, 800, 1500, 5000, throws and high jump.

Meanwhile, the AT official said only two local athletes Saidi Makula and Alphonce Alex qualified for the Brazil Olympics which is slated for August 5-21 .

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