National wrestling squad steps up preparations for Olympic qualifiers

14Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
National wrestling squad steps up preparations for Olympic qualifiers

THE Tanzania Wrestling Federation has appointed four coaches to lead the national team which is preparing for the Olympic qualifiers.

Wrestlers demonstrate the sport's skills in a recent event, which took place in Arusha.

The Olympic Games will begin in July this year in Japan, with Tanzania being one of the participating countries.

If Tanzania qualifies for the Games, it will be the first time in the history of wrestling in the country to participate in the Olympics since 1964, when Tanzania started participating in the sport at the international level.

The Tanzania Wrestling Federation Secretary General, Abraham Ngabuka, said the team was set to start camp yesterday at the Msasani Beach Club in Dar es Salaam.

Ngabuka said the team would have 25 players, although six of them would, in the end, represent the country at the Olympic qualifiers.

He said the camp will see the national team consist of four coaches led by him.

He mentioned the assistant coaches as Mwenele Mwangwale, Daniel Lyaga and Faraji Katonga.

He disclosed: "Six athletes will represent the country at the Olympic qualifiers which will tke place from April 2-4, they will thereafter compete in the Africa Cup of Nations from April 6-11 in Morocco.''