Mpango to open 2021 SHIMIWI tournaments in Morogoro

22Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mpango to open 2021 SHIMIWI tournaments in Morogoro

VICE-President, Philip Mpango, will tomorrow open this year's Inter-Ministerial Sports Federation (SHIMIWI) tournaments in Morogoro.

A women's tug-of-war team takes part in one of past Inter-Ministerial Sports Federation (SHIMIWI) tournaments, which took place in Morogoro.

Morogoro Regional Commissioner Martine Shigela said the competitions were underway yesterday but they will officially be launched tomorrow, with Mpango serving as the opening ceremony's chief guest.

SHIMIWI official Alex Temba said the competitions are football for men, netball for women, men's and women's tug-of-war, and athletics that will be made up of races, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1,500 meters for both men and women.

Temba, an official from the Tanzania Meteorological Authority, said there will also be other competitions like cycling, draft, scoring, cards, and darts.

He said in the games a total of 21 ministries, nine departments, and 12 regions will compete in the tournaments.

He said until yesterday, 16 ministries had confirmed their involvement, as well as institutions.

They are President's Office, Vice-President's Office, and Prime Minister's Office including the Osha Institute.

Others are the Ministry of Works, Transport, Office of the Auditor-General, Justice, Ministry of Information, and Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports.

Morogoro Municipal Sports Officer Asteria Mwang’ombe who coaches Morogoro Regional Commissioner's netball team said the return of the games is a good thing as it will build health for employees, generate income, and open businesses.

On August 15, this year, the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, instructed all ministries responsible for coordinating and organizing the games to meet and put in place a plan to restore the games.

The move, according to Majaliwa, will see to it that public servants have the opportunity to participate in sports and protect themselves from non-communicable diseases.

He issued the order when he represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan at a CRDB Bank charity race held at The Greens Oysterbay Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

The Prime Minister said the Shimiwi Games were important because they brought together the staff of government ministries and institutions and helped improve their health and increase performance, thus increasing productivity and efficiency.