NSC official hails Dar chess progress

31Aug 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
NSC official hails Dar chess progress

THE government has hailed domestic chess arbiter Vinay Choudary after being named among those who are to officiate this year Olympiad which gets underway from tommorow in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Visiting Nigerian musician Oludemilade Martin Ajejo popularly known as 'YCEE' (C), speaks at a conference after arriving in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Left is Arokodare Timilehin, Tinny Entertainment official team member, Asukwaya Derek.

The National Sports Council (NSC) secretary general Muhamed Kiganja said appointment of Choudary as an arbiter at the global games is a milestone feat for chess in the country and the government hopes this will put the county on the world chess map.

Choudary who is on FIDE D category is among 17 African arbiters selected to officiate the Olympiad.

Kiganja described selection of Choudary as dream come true for Tanzania and said this will promote chess in the country as it will inspire and motivate people who had dreams of officiating at the Olympiad.

“We are very proud of you, you made history by becoming the first Tanzanian FIDE recognised arbiter and officiate at the Olympiad, the government of Tanzania wishes to congurate you and we hope that your experience at the Games will help the game’s progress”, he said.

Tanzania leader of delegation to the Olympiad is Sunday Manara while John Lyasenga who is the board member of Tanzania Chess Association will represent the association at FIDE congress.

Both Manara and Lyasenga will also attend to FIDE arbiter course and once they pass the exams they will become FIDE arbiters.
The NSC official urged local aspiring arbiters to emulate Choudary's example by performing excellently whenever assigned.

."By being on the FIDE radar you are the face of Tanzania but you need to work hard and perform beyond expectations so that you get more recognition like Choudary is doing," he said.

Choudary who is also chairman of Tanzania Chess Foundation is among the 60 arbiters from around the world to officiate the Olympiad. After successful arbitration at the Baku Olympiad he will be eligible to apply for International arbiter title.
Kiganja also said the government will work with Tanzania Chess Federation under ;Chess for Schools; program to see that the sport in played form primary schools.

He said NSC has advised Tanzania Chess Federation to work together in training primary school sports teachers to equip pupils on basics of the sport.

“We are very delighted that Tanzania Chess Federation has a program for schools, we want when you return from Baku to look at ways on how we can train primary school teachers on basics of the game and in turn the teachers will train pupils.

It’s the hope of the government that in the next 5-6 years the country will have a very strong youth team which can compete at any event and it’s the same team which after 10 years can compete at the Olympiad”, he said.

Kiganja thanked Spicenet for financially supporting the team trip to Baku saying the government on its own cannot manage to help all sporting codes in the country to compete at international events.

“I’m told chess in the country is now on the world map mainly because of financial support from Spicenet. The government is very happy by efforts of the corporate world in promoting sports”, he said.

Meanwhile, Tanzania chess team has left the country for the games.The team is made up of women and men players as well.

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