Dar swimmer keen on excelling in Youth Olympic Games

13Jun 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar swimmer keen on excelling in Youth Olympic Games

TANZANIA’s swimmer, Dennis Mhini, has promised to excel in the Youth Olympic Games which have been slated for October 6-18 in Argentina.

Morogoro International School (MIS) swimmer, Dennis Mhini.

Mhini, who studies at the Morogoro International School (MIS), said he has had better preparations for the games as opposed to the time he had to prepare for the CANA Zone 3 championship which took place in Dar es Salaam from October 19-21 last year.

The youngster said tight school time table prevented him from training well for the Dar es Salaam event.

“Handling two tasks training and studying challenged me but I’m now happy to have free time of three months to prepare for the coming tournament in Argentina. I promise to shine and bring the glory to my country” he said.

He said his optimism has come about as he is training with an equally competitive swimmer, Yuki Omori, who also studies at the MIS. 

Omori won over 50 medals in recent domestic and continental tournaments, which include the CANA Zone 3 tournament.

Mhini said he depends on Omori's support in training, thanks to the latter’s prowess. Omori, according to Mhini, can clock 28 seconds in 50 meters.

“Although I can post 25 seconds in 50 meters, I need a swimmer that can challenge me in training before I head for the Argentina games,” he said.

He said the absence of a swimming pool, which meets international standards, in Tanzania forces him to use extra efforts in training. 

He said whereas Tanzania has 25 meters’ swimming pools, the 50 meters’ pools are the ones that meet international standards and are used in high profile competitions.

He also asked the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) and the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to solicit for sustainable financial support for domestic swimmers, who fail to take part in domestic and international tournaments because of financial constraints.

A section of Tanzania’s swimmers, he said, for instance missed out on a recent international tournament that took place in USA as the former could not meet accommodation costs of US dollars 5000.

He moreover called on domestic youths to take part in swimming with a view to uphold healthy lifestyle.