National swimming club championship attracts six clubs

08Apr 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
National swimming club championship attracts six clubs

SIX clubs have confirmed to compete in this year's national swimming club championship scheduled to take place at the Gymkhana Club swimming pool in Dar es Salaam this weekend.

Taliss Swimming Club's swimmer Mohameduwais Abdullatif competes in a past event, which took place in Dar es Salaam.

The clubs are Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (DSC), Taliss, Bluefins, Mwanza Swimming Club, FK Blue Marlins and Morogoro International School (MIS).

Speaking on Wednesday, the showpiece's organizing committee's chairperson, Hadija Shebe, said that they are expecting to see a thrilling event, given all prominent swimmers will compete in the event scheduled to start from 8am.

Hadija said that swimmers are now in the intensive training ahead of the competition which has been sponsored by Selcom Paytech Limited, Travelport Official Partners, Gymkhana, Pepsi, ITV, Jet, Azam, Flames and Knight Support.

She said swimmers will compete in five swimming styles namely, freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and Individual Medley. Swimmers will also feature in relays.

The event will also see swimmers compete in a total of 103 events.

She said they have decided to put such a number of the events with the aim of gauging swimmers’ talents as well as their strength before selecting some of them to form the national team ahead of various international competitions.

Hadija said the events’ program shows that a total of 60 events will be held during the first day, while the remaining ones will take place the following day.

According to her, the swimmers will have to showcase their prowess during the two-day event.

“This is a very important competition for swimmers because it will be used to select those from all age categories to form the national team. Swimmers have to struggle for that,” she stated.

She said the competition is a qualifying event that will also be used to select swimmers for the African Swimming Federation (CANA) Zone Three, as well as for the World Swimming Federation (FINA) events for this year.

She also said Tanzanian swimmers are supposed to participate in this meet in order to be considered for the teams that will represent Tanzania in the championships.

The event is also to be used to gauge swimmers’ skills, as well as promote the sport in the country and beyond its borders.

“The event will be open to all current (2020/2021) Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA)-registered swimmers,” she said.

She explained that foreign swimmers would be allowed to compete only if they meet qualifying time standards and have been cleared by their federations to compete.

She said: “Foreign swimmers have to submit a clearance letter from their national federations and proper travel documents. Qualifying times must have been recorded between January 2020 and March 31, 2021.''

“If these times are not available, swimmers will have to show their past times, supported by proof showing where and when the times were recorded,” she said.

The competition will be in accordance with FINA rules and TSA regulations.

The swimmers will compete in the event as per their age groups. These are those aged 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-plus.

Individual medals will be awarded to top three swimmers from each event/category and the top three winners will further be awarded trophies.

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