Hockey officials expected in Dar

20Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Hockey officials expected in Dar

EFFORTS to develop hockey in Tanzania have received a huge boost as the country is set to host the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF) presidents, Leandro Negree and Seif Ahmed today.

Negree and Ahmed will be in the country for a two-day visit, as disclosed by the national hockey governing body’s secretary general, Kaushik Doshi.

The two officials’ tour, Doshi says will be a crucial milestone as far as domestic hockey development is concerned, given Negree will, in particular, be visiting the country for the first time.

Ahmed will be in Tanzania for the second time. His maiden visit to the country was last year. Preparations for the officials’ visit, Doshi said, are already in place.

“Negree and Ahmed will have an audience with the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye, Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) and other sport’s stakeholders to discuss the development of the game,” Doshi said.

The FIH, AfHF bosses, the THA officials said, will also inspect hockey projects in the country.
Doshi, moreover, said THA is looking forward to making full use of the presidents’ tour for the development of the game in Tanzania.

Doshi expressed pride in the progress that hockey promotion enjoys at domestic level, saying Dar es Salaam is, in particular, in the fore front of efforts to develop the sport.

The region, the THA official said, has been organising competitions for primary and secondary schools on regular basis.

The FIH and AfHF presidents’ tour comes hot on the heels of Dar es Salaam regional hockey league, which came to a close in the city on Saturday.

The league, which involved senior and junior teams, was organised by the Dar es Salaam Regional Hockey Association (DRHA) under sponsorship from Sikh Temple, UN Women and NMB.

Twenty eight outfits battled it out in the senior league, in which 19 teams were in the men’s category and therest were in the women category.

Dar Khalsa A emerged as champions in the men’s category with victory over Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) A, whereas the women category ended with TPDF ladies beating Twende B to lay hands on the top honour.