Rio-bound squad urged to win medals

02Aug 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Rio-bound squad urged to win medals

THE government has urged Tanzania’s Rio Olympic-bound athletes to shine at the Games that get underway on Friday.

Magdalena Mushi

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during flagging off ceremony yesterday, deputy Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Anastanzia Wambura, said the government appreciates challenges the local athletes faced during preparations for the Games.

She implored Tanzania athletes to be driven by passion to do their best for the country at the world’s most prestigious Games.

Team Tanzania will travel to Brazil for the Games in separate batches with Judoka Andrew Thomas leaving today.
“The government knows challenges which you faced, we appreciate your efforts and know that we are with you, the challenges you faced while preparing for the Games should not hinder you from excelling at the event”, she said.

Speaking earlier, Tanzania Olympics Committee (TOC) secretary general Filbert Bayi said the Judokas will board a South African Airways flight.

He said athletics team comprise Alphonce Sumbu, Saidi Makula, Fabian Joseph and Sara Ramadhan will be the last to leave the country on August 16.

Swimmers Hilal Hilal and Magdalena Mushi who will particitipate at the Games on Universality card are expected to board their flight later this week.

Officials lined up for the Rio contingent include Tanzania Chef de Mission Suleiman Jabir, team doctor Nassoro Matuzya, athletics coach Francis John, trainer for swimmers Alexander Mwaipasi and judokas trainer Zaidi Omar.

Minister for Information Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye, TOC secretary general and his chairman will travel to Rio on their official capacities.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says while in Brazil, Tanzania athletes like all athletes competing at the Games will be welcomed by a show full of Brazilian tribal dance spectacle before moving on to a diverse assortment of Brazilian rhythms, including forró, samba and bossa nova.

Music by late Brazilian legends Raul Seixas and Tim Maia will also played alongside some of the latest carioca funk hits.
After the music, the mayor of the Olympic Village, ex-player basketball player and two-time Olympic medalist, Janeth Arcain, will give a speech about the importance of the Games for humanity.

According to IOC the welcome ceremonies are a key occasion for athletes, team officials and their guests. It acknowledges their journey to the Games and marks the start of their residency in the village.

The brief but impressive ceremony would see all Tanzania athletes in their national colors. The Tanzania national flag would be raised and anthem played.