Swimming duo looks for Olympic wildcard entries

27May 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Swimming duo looks for Olympic wildcard entries

TANZANIA Swimming Association (TSA) has released names of two swimmers to the international swimming federation (FINA) to be considered for universality slots for Rio Olympics.

TSA secretary general Ramadhan Namkomveka said the two swimmers Hilal Hilal and Magdalena Moshi have been recommended by his association due to their historical past at the last World championship in Kazan.

He said FINA will meet on July 5 to discuss on the countries and swimmers who have requested to be considered for the wildcard entries.

“Tanzania Swimming Association has submitted application for universality places to FINA based on the participation and results from Kazan. Names submitted are Magdalena Moshi and Hilal Hilal.

They are the ones who have been recommended by TSA as eligible swimmers that have fulfilled requirements of universality. FINA will have to approve the TSA application by July 5, 2016”, he said.

This development has come after local swimmers failed to secure qualification at the coming Olympic Games and also Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) to exclude swimmers from this year’s wildcard entries courtesy of International Olympic Committee (IOC).

He also said TSA through its technical director orate will at the end of this month organise a meeting with club coaches to discuss several issues including the process of selecting swimmers for international meets.

Namkomveka said the meeting will help to avoid the unnecessary tug of war which has been prevailing between the association and some clubs concerning selection of swimmers for the national team.

“The coming meeting which our technical director Amina Mfaume will host with club coaches will help to solve problems like the one recently caused by Dar Swim Club.

However, said the matter has been amicably resolved at a meeting involving Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC), TSA and Dar Swim Club itself.

Namkomveka said TSA has reminded Dar Swim Club to follow procedures and protocol such as writing to TSA secretary general should they need any clarification on any matter relating to swimming.

He said if the matter is not resolved then his association is the one to write to higher authority for more clarification.