Roll Ball Championships' preparations in top gear

22Jun 2022
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Roll Ball Championships' preparations in top gear

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Roll Ball Association (TRBA) has said preparations for Eastern Africa Roll Ball Championship, which is slated for this weekend in Dar es Salaam, are going on well.

Roll ball players take part in a recent showdown that took place in Dar es Salaam.

Noel Kiunsi, the TRBA Chairman, said they expect Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s teams to start arriving this week.

''All preparations for the Eastern Africa Roll Ball Championships are going on very well, we expect all three teams to start arriving in the country any day this week,'' he said.

TRBA extended invitations to South Sudan, Zambia, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Kiunsi had in a previous interview stopped short of issuing reasons behind the decision by many of the countries which received TRBA invitation to snub it.

The championships were initially planned to be held for three days in Dar es Salaam last month but were postponed due to a request from member nations that said they are not prepared for the championships.

Kiunsi said many countries cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the cause of their failure to prepare for the showpiece.

In the previous interview, Kiunsi advised each country to come along with a national flag and an anthem for official use.

According to him, each of the participating countries should cover its internal transport, however, the hosts can coordinate the availability and logistics.

Roll Ball is a game played between two teams and is a unique combination of roller skates, basketball, handball, and throwball.

It is played on roller shoes with each team consisting of 12 players, six on the field and six in reserve.

The main objective of the game is to score maximum goals within a stipulated time. The main feature of Roll Ball is that the ball is held in one or both hands, when passing to the other players, with the ball repeatedly bounced on the ground.

The court size can vary from 28m to 40 meters in length and 15 to 20 meters in width. The court includes a center-line dividing offensive and defensive areas. The penalty line is drawn 4.5m or 3.5m away from the goal.

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