Para swimming set to secure financial backing

14May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Para swimming set to secure financial backing

TANZANIA is closing in on getting financial support for swimming for the disabled from the Agatos Foundation, Sheila Mogalo who is the program coordinator of the foundation, has disclosed.

Swimming coach, Ramadhan Namkomveka (L), instructs one of the disabled swimmers during a training session at Nordic School in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: JOSEPH MCHEKADONA

Speaking in Dar es salaam when she visited swimming training for the disabled at Nordic School, Mogolo said the Tanzania Paralympic Committee (TPC) is doing well and stands a chance of getting the grant from the Agatos Foundation which is the arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The country has not been getting funds from the Agatos Foundation due to financial mismanagement by the committee’s previous leadership.

Mogolo, who left the country yesterday, said she was impressed with efforts done by TPC mainly in areas of awareness and management.

"The Tanzania Paralympic Committee (TPC) officials have shown that they are ready to develop and promote sports among the disabled people in the country,” she disclosed.

“I had very fruitful discussions with them and other stakeholders, who included the government...we have helped them write good proposals, I can say they are ready and it's my hope they maybe considered for grants,” she said.

On his remarks, Tuma Dandi, who is TPC secretary general, said they are working hard to see to it that the country gets the grants.

He said TPC is committed to see to it that people with disabilities are involved in sports from grassroots level.

"We are happy that the Agatos Foundation is impressed by our work, we are making sure that there is awareness on sports among the disabled as you know sports are very important for the people with disabilities,” he said.

He also hailed volunteer coach, Ramadhan Namkomveka, who is imparting swimming skills to the disabled people.

"We are very delighted with efforts by Ramadhan Namkomveka in helping people with disabilities know how to swim, this is truly good as now the country has swimmers who can compete at any event... I also thank the management of Nordic School for offering this swimming pool for training,” he said.

Namkomveka said his aim is to have 40 disabled swimmers by the end of this year.

"The country has many disabled people who are good at swimming and the only challenge is that they are not trained,” Namkoveka stressed.

“I thought it best to train them to swim and am very hopeful that by the end of this year I will have 40 swimmers who can compete at any event.”

He also disclosed that plans are underway to organize swimming event for the disabled people in the near future.