Dar swimmer set for Greece course     

13Mar 2019
Renatha Msungu
The Guardian
Dar swimmer set for Greece course     

TANZANIA's prominent swimmer, Hilal Hilal, will participate in the International Olympic Academy’s Young Participants Session scheduled to take place in Athens, Greece in June this year.

The event is organized by the World Olympians Association (WOA) and the Tanzanian swimmer will join Chinese, Lijia Xu, in the 59th International Session slated for June 1-15.

The two-week International Session is run by the International Olympic Academy (IOA) and is designed as an introduction to Olympism and the Olympic Movement.

Hilal (pictured) said it is great opportunity for him to feature in the major Olympians event and will use it as inspiration in his career and meet the qualification marks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

He said more than 250 Olympians, aged from 20 to 35, applied for the training and more than 248 failed to secure the chance.

“It is great opportunity for me to get the chance that would enable me to put the knowledge gained at the session to practical use in my home country by sharing experiences and educating others about the Olympic ideals,” he noted.

He said he will also use the knowledge he will gain in Greece– the birthplace of the Olympic Games- to give back and spread the Olympic values in Tanzania.

According to Hilal, sports are part of a universal culture and are an important instrument of social cohesion, bringing together different people.

“As an Olympian, I want to be a role model and use swimming to raise awareness on peace and the unifying power of sport, while also removing obstacles to participation,” he said.

Hilal is no stranger to the Olympic spirit. As an aspiring Olympian in 2011, Hilal helped those trapped during floods in Dar es Salaam by swimming through flooded streets to rescue a young girl and her family who were stranded on their roof.

World Olympians Association was impressed by the quality of all the applications it received from Olympians wanting to attend the session and would like to extend its thanks to all those who applied.

Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) Chairman, Imani Dominick, congratulated Hilal for the achievement and called on other Olympians in the country to look for the chance which improves the country's profile abroad.