Dodoma hosts athletes’ commission general assembly

07Dec 2018
Renatha Msungu
DODOMA
The Guardian
Dodoma hosts athletes’ commission general assembly

THE Tanzania’s athletes’ commission general meeting, which aims at discussing the country’s participation in the 2020 Olympics, is expected to start in Dodoma tomorrow.

The meeting, as disclosed by Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General Filbert Bayi, will present an assessment on the country’s participation in the games to members of various national sports governing bodies, which fields players in the games.

Bayi disclosed the meeting will mention sports disciplines the country will take part in in the Olympics.

He noted there is an uncertainty, as far as the Open Boxing Federation of Tanzania (OBFT)’s chances to send boxers to the Olympics is concerned, given the federation has not met some of the criteria for participation in the games.

"We are going to assess several issues, we will issue dates for the Olympics’ qualifiers to the associations,” he added.

Bayi disclosed the country’s preparations for the Olympics are moving on smoothly and insisted domestic athletes to train intensively with a view to seeing to it they qualify for the Olympics.

He added TOC targets to ensure the country competes in the Olympics via qualifiers and opt out on depending on wild cards to feature in the games.

Bayi pointed out the Olympics’ qualifiers have been slated to start in January next year, thus, domestic sports governing bodies should see to it their athletes compete in the qualifiers.

He noted the athletes should go for preparations for the qualifiers early on, insisting the athletes should not start preparations shortly before the start of the qualifiers.

In another development, TOC disclosed the number of members of the country’s athletes’ commission will, from 2020, be scrapped as per the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s directive, reports Correspondent Joseph Mchekadona.

Bayi said the directive will come into effect after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, noting IOC has directed that membership of the athletes’ commission should be restricted to only those who competed at Olympics and have reached 12 years since they competed at the games.

 

The TOC official noted Tanzania has 66 members of the commission and, due to the IOC directive, the number is to decrease.

 

“From 2020 membership of the athletes’ commission will only be to those who have competed at the Olympics and also have reached 12 years since they competed in the games, due to this directive from IOC, Tanzania’s membership will decrease," he said.

 

He asked national sports associations to work hard so as to produce athletes who can compete at the Olympics and earn membership of the commission.

 

The guest of honour at the event, Irene Mwasanga, who is also a member of TOC, challenged athletes to earn membership of the commission by working hard and opt out of waiting for the opportunity on a silver platter.

 

"The IOC has said so and it is now time for our athletes to work hard so that they can compete at the Olympics and earn membership of the commission, the IOC wants only those who have the feel of the Olympic Games to be members of the athletes’ commission,” she said.