International Tennis Federation to donate wheelchairs to Tanzania

26Mar 2022
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
International Tennis Federation to donate wheelchairs to Tanzania

​​​​​​​THE International Tennis Federation (ITF) will hand over 10 modern wheelchairs to Tanzania.

The national wheelchair tennis team's coach, Riziki Salum, talks to the squad's players at training that took place at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) recently. The team was shaping up for a trip to Turkey for the 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT MIRAJI MSALA

Tanzania Wheelchair Tennis Association (WTTA) Chairman John Bura disclosed yesterday, saying ITF announced the news at the just ended BNP Paribas World Team Cup that took place in Turkey.

He said ITF will also hand over spares for the wheelchairs, rackets, and tennis balls.

The official pointed out the international tennis governing body will in September this year moreover offer a training camp for two players set to take place in South Africa.

The WTTA leader could not issue the costs of the items but said it can be a lot of money as the equipment is modern.

Bura said ITF is committed to seeing that wheelchair tennis is developing in all parts of the world, especially in Africa where many potential athletes do not take part in the sport due to various reasons which include lack of playing equipment.

''The international tennis governing body has pledged to offer the country with 10 modern wheelchairs which will come with spares, rackets and tennis balls, this is good news to us as you know our association is in its infancy, we need help from stakeholders,'' Bura revealed.

"ITF will also offer a training camp in South Africa for our two players, they have informed us that the door is open for us to send more players to the camp at our costs,'' he said.

Bura also said the course in which national wheelchair tennis team head coach Rizik Salum took part was of great importance to the development of the sport in the country.

He said Martyn Whait, Patrick Selepe, and ITF officials were the course's instructors.

He said topics covered during the course include movement in doubles, patterns of play and tactics, maintenance of tennis chair, mobility basics (how to adjust the chair), works of different parts of the chair, adapting elements to different players.

Other topics were mobility basics, groundstrokes, progressing players and reverse backhand, key tactics when returning and resolving common mobility errors.

The country was represented by two players namely Rehema Suleiman and Lucy Shirima in BNP Paribas World Team Cup and they competed in Women Africa Group B.

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