Filbert Bayi Foundation wins plaudits for promoting athletics

15Sep 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Filbert Bayi Foundation wins plaudits for promoting athletics

COAST Region athletics team have expressed hapiness over a pivotal role played by Filbert Bayi Foundation (FBF) in the development of the sport in the region.

The region was among participants in this year's National Athletics Championships which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Coast Region team were the overall winners of the champioships, which attracted 28 regions.

The region's team won six gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal at the event which was jointly organized by National Sports Council (NSC), Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) and Athletics Tanzania (AT).

The two-day championships were officially opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ally Possi.

Possi challenged sports stakeholders in the country to be innovative and creative so as they can be self reliant economically.

“Time has come for sports bodies to be self reliant, with the government and other stakeholders we must come up with plans which will see sports generate income,'' Possi stated.

''We are committed to developing the sector as we fully know that if well managed, it can be a source of income to many families,” he said.

Coast Region's Athletics Association's Secretary General, Robert Kalyahe, said he is happy that his region emerged as winners of the National Championships.

He described the achievement as a result of collective work between athletes, coaches, FBF and the region's leadership.

He said prior to the National Championships, the region had hosted a development athletics meet which attracted athletes from Coast Region and surrounding regions.

He disclosed development athletics meets are important as they help athletes fully prepare for any event.

“This is a great achievement our region has had, but it has come about due to hard work shown by our athletes, coaches, our association's leaders and the support we got from the FBF ahead of the championships,'' he noted.

''We had a camp at Fibert Bayi School in Kibaha, where the team prepared well,” he said.

Arusha came second, followed by Kusini Unguja in the third spot, Mjini Magharibi and Dar es Salaam took the fourth and fifth positions respectively, whereas Dodoma tied Kilimanjaro for the sixth spot.

The seventh spot went to Mbeya, Tanga, Mwanza and Unguja Kaskazini completed the top 10 of the two-day championships.

Coast Region team were trained by head coach, Ron Davies, assisted by Dora Kanza.

The region's team consisted of 17 athletes and they all performed well in their respective categories.

Davis is famed in Tanzania for training local athletes Suleiman Nyambui and Filbert Bayi, who won medals in the Moscow 1980 Olympics.

Some of athletes from Coast Region team, who performed well at the National Championships, include Benedict Mathias, who finished second in men's 400m race clocking 49.83, and Regina Mpigachai who won women's 800m race.

Athletes who represented the region at the championships were  in men are Benedictor Ndungoli and Matiko Nyamaranga, both from Filbert Bayi School (FBS) and competed in 200m/400m and 4x400m, Amos Matondo (FBS) and Simon Nungu from Mwinga Mwanga Center, both competed in 800m/4x400m and 200m/4x400 meters.

Elias Tirani from Mwinga Mwanga Center competed in 100m/200m/4x400m.

Another Mwinga Mwanga Center athlete, Seleman Kibitile, competed in 400m/800m and 4x400m while unattached athletes, Joseph Ayub and Paulo Sikukuuu, competed in 100m/200m/4x100m and 800m/4x400m respectively.

Sabasi Mohere from Mzinga High School and unattached Yohana Paulo participated in javelin/shortput and discus.

The ladies' events had FBS athletes holding sway as Regina competed in 800m/4x400m/1500m, Gaudensia Paulo was in 400m/800m and 4x400m, Pili Nzoka  and Shija Paul competed in 100m/200m/4x400m, while Siwema Matogoro and Neema Augustine competed in 200m/4x400m and 1500m/5000m respectively.

Speaking at the closing of the championships, Temeke District Commissioner, Godwin Gondwe, who represented Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Aboubakar Kunenge, affirmed government's commitment to the development of sports.

Gondwe disclosed that sports are a source of income to many households.

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By Correspondent Joseph Mchekadona

COAST Region athletics team have expressed hapiness over a pivotal role played by Filbert Bayi Foundation (FBF) in the development of the sport in the region.

The region was among participants in this year's National Athletics Championships which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Coast Region team were the overall winners of the champioships, which attracted 28 regions.

The region's team won six gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal at the event which was jointly organized by National Sports Council (NSC), Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) and Athletics Tanzania (AT).

The two-day championships were officially opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ally Possi.

Possi challenged sports stakeholders in the country to be innovative and creative so as they can be self reliant economically.

“Time has come for sports bodies to be self reliant, with the government and other stakeholders we must come up with plans which will see sports generate income,'' Possi stated.

''We are committed to developing the sector as we fully know that if well managed, it can be a source of income to many families,” he said.

Coast Region's Athletics Association's Secretary General, Robert Kalyahe, said he is happy that his region emerged as winners of the National Championships.

He described the achievement as a result of collective work between athletes, coaches, FBF and the region's leadership.

He said prior to the National Championships, the region had hosted a development athletics meet which attracted athletes from Coast Region and surrounding regions.

He disclosed development athletics meets are important as they help athletes fully prepare for any event.

“This is a great achievement our region has had, but it has come about due to hard work shown by our athletes, coaches, our association's leaders and the support we got from the FBF ahead of the championships,'' he noted.

''We had a camp at Fibert Bayi School in Kibaha, where the team prepared well,” he said.

Arusha came second, followed by Kusini Unguja in the third spot, Mjini Magharibi and Dar es Salaam took the fourth and fifth positions respectively, whereas Dodoma tied Kilimanjaro for the sixth spot.

The seventh spot went to Mbeya, Tanga, Mwanza and Unguja Kaskazini completed the top 10 of the two-day championships.

Coast Region team were trained by head coach, Ron Davies, assisted by Dora Kanza.

The region's team consisted of 17 athletes and they all performed well in their respective categories.

Davis is famed in Tanzania for training local athletes Suleiman Nyambui and Filbert Bayi, who won medals in the Moscow 1980 Olympics.

Some of athletes from Coast Region team, who performed well at the National Championships, include Benedict Mathias, who finished second in men's 400m race clocking 49.83, and Regina Mpigachai who won women's 800m race.

Athletes who represented the region at the championships were  in men are Benedictor Ndungoli and Matiko Nyamaranga, both from Filbert Bayi School (FBS) and competed in 200m/400m and 4x400m, Amos Matondo (FBS) and Simon Nungu from Mwinga Mwanga Center, both competed in 800m/4x400m and 200m/4x400 meters.

Elias Tirani from Mwinga Mwanga Center competed in 100m/200m/4x400m.

Another Mwinga Mwanga Center athlete, Seleman Kibitile, competed in 400m/800m and 4x400m while unattached athletes, Joseph Ayub and Paulo Sikukuuu, competed in 100m/200m/4x100m and 800m/4x400m respectively.

Sabasi Mohere from Mzinga High School and unattached Yohana Paulo participated in javelin/shortput and discus.

The ladies' events had FBS athletes holding sway as Regina competed in 800m/4x400m/1500m, Gaudensia Paulo was in 400m/800m and 4x400m, Pili Nzoka  and Shija Paul competed in 100m/200m/4x400m, while Siwema Matogoro and Neema Augustine competed in 200m/4x400m and 1500m/5000m respectively.

Speaking at the closing of the championships, Temeke District Commissioner, Godwin Gondwe, who represented Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Aboubakar Kunenge, affirmed government's commitment to the development of sports.

Gondwe disclosed that sports are a source of income to many households.