Empty-handed swimmers wish to feature in Dubai

15Mar 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Empty-handed swimmers wish to feature in Dubai

TANZANIA Swimming Association (TSA) has named four swimmers who will participate in Dubai International Aquatics championships slated for March 27 through April at Hamdan Sports Complex .

Isamilo swimmers in practice session (File photo)

TSA secretary general Ramadhani Namkomveka said the event will be used as qualifier for Rio Olympics.

He said the competition will involve water polo championships which will start on 29th March to 1st April, Open water championships and swimming will start on April 4.

Namkoveka named the selected swimmers as Hilal Hilal, Collins Saliboko, Aliasgher Karimjee and only female swimmer in the team Sonia Tumiotto.

The TSA official could not say when the team leaves the country for Dubai, head coach and other officials who will accompany the swimmers saying more details will be made public once the association secures money for the trip.

“These are swimmers who performed very well in the just concluded national championships staged at Heaven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) pools where they have smashed many records.

Tumiotto has set new records in ten events, Karimjee has set up two records, Hilal smashed eight records, and Collins Saliboko six records,

We are optimistic over our swimmers will qualify at least in one event, based on their recently performance and result in Dar es Salaam.

Our plan is ensure that our swimmers are exposed more too international event especially in 50m pool and put their skills to the test against international swimmers.

This is challenge for us as we don’t have 50m pool in Tanzania as we are expecting our government will respond to our request of having 50m pool in phase two of the National Stadium construction.

Despite the fact that we don’t have 50m pool, we believe to achieve this goal if our swimmers continue to compete often nationally and internationally” he said.

He said TSA needs funds to successfully send the swimmers to Dubai and he pleaded to swimming stakeholders and general public to help.

“We are working day and night to get sponsorship for these swimmers and we need fund which will help to get air tickets, accommodation, tracksuits and other requirements.

We appeal to the community and good Samaritans to help this team to achieve our goal of at least one swimmer qualify for Olympic qualifying time B. Olympic qualifying time B for 50m and 100m Freestyle is 23.05 and 50.70 seconds, respectively for men, while the same event and distance for women are 26.17 second and 56.34 seconds, respectively” he said .

He said in case any Tanzania swimmer attains qualifying time for Brazil Games, swimmers who attended meet in Kazan 2015 will be automatically eligible to be considered for Rio under universality places.

Tanzania swimmers who competed at the last year’s Kazan Games are Magdalena Moshi, Hilal Hilal and Ammaar Ghadiyali