Darts body: TADA Cup on despite cash crunch

23Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Darts body: TADA Cup on despite cash crunch

DAR ES SALAAM Darts Association (DADA) is optimistic the region has what it takes to stamp its authority in this year’s TADA Cup tournament slated for Kagera region from July 30 to 31.

The tournament, organized by Tanzania Darts Association (TADA) is among annual competitions gearing towards promoting the sport.

DADA chairman, Azim Haji Mohamed, said Dar es Salaam darts players are set to meet at the Mbezi Beach darts club this weekend, in which they will participate in a series of matches with a view to selecting players who then take part in the TADA Cup tourney.

“There will be some matches that will help DADA assess the performance of the players and reach a decision on the players to represent the region in the tournament,” he said.

The DADA organizer said the region’s hopes of performing well in the TADA Cup are buoyed by the association’s plan to include the region’s outfits which excelled in the last year’s tournament, in the contingent that will head to Kagera.

“We are keen on seeing to it that we emerge as champions in all of the TADA Cup events. We definitely don’t doubt our ability to realize the ambition,” he asserted.

Mohamed also noted that the Dar es Salaam regional darts league, formed early this year, is going on smoothly and participating outfits are still locking horns in the round robin stage.

The league has also been used to help the region’s players stay in good shape prior to participating in the forthcoming event.

Most regions in the country, as disclosed by TADA vice-chairperson, Redempta Mwebesa recently, have shown desire to participate in the TADA Cup event.

Regions wishing to participate in the event were required to inform TADA of their availability for the tournament before Wednesday this week.

The tournament will involve both men and women players locking horns in singles, doubles and team events.
TADA, as noted by Mwebesa, had until a few weeks ago yet to secure sponsorship for the TADA Cup meet, thus the association was bound to depend on the event’s entrance fees to meet costs of its being held.

The darts governing body, she said, had written to several firms requesting for sponsorship for the TADA Cup but in vain.
TADA, she said, was nevertheless still waiting for response from firms that have yet to respond to the association’s request for financial support.

All teams confirming participation were required to see to it that they arrive in Kagera on July 29 for registration, the official added.