TADA attracts sponsor to ease championships’ organising cost

29Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
TADA attracts sponsor to ease championships’ organising cost

TANZANIA Darts Association (TADA)’s determination to step up promotion of the sport domestically has been made clear as the body is keen on landing reliable sponsorship which will ease teams’ tendency to meet their respective cost of participation in the association’s events.

Sports department deputy director in the Ministry for Information, Culture Arts and Sports, Alex Nkenyenge, (with a scissor) cutting a ribbon to officially launching the Rock City Marathon in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

The association’s secretary general Subira Waziri, TADA lately relies much on its tournaments’ entry fees to meet cost of organising events.

She said tournaments’ hosts, for one, have to foot bills for venues where the events take place.

“There are, nevertheless, agreement between TADA and the hosts on the amount of cash the latter are to receive from the entry fees. The association normally presents 20 per cent of the entry fees to the hosts,” she said.

TADA, Waziri said, has also planned to see to it that winners of each of the association’s tournaments retain their trophies.

Presently, the winners are required to return the trophies to the national darts governing body so the latter can present the silverware to teams that win the subsequent editions.

The TADA official also expressed delight in the increase in the number of female darts players, saying the situation augurs well for the future of the sport.

Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro and Arusha, she disclosed, lately have a handful of female darts players.
“I have, as well, been doing my best to motivate women to play the sport. I have been travelling with a few female darts players to several regions to participate in tournaments and the players have been learning a lot from the events,” Waziri disclosed.

“The female players’ interest in the sport has, in turn, improved tremendously and they have, as well, been inviting their fellow women to play the game.”

This year’s TADA Cup, slated to take place in Kagera this weekend, is the latest tournament in the national darts governing body’s annual calendar.

Waziri said Dodoma, Morogoro, Mwanza, Mbeya, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and hosts, Kagera, had made themselves available for the tournament before last weekend.

Several other regions, she said, were expected to inform TADA of their availability for the event before mid this week.

Waziri said stiff competition for silverware in the tournament is expected to be on show, with defending champions, Morogoro, having already expressed determination to retain the overall winners’ honour.The tournament will involve singles, doubles and team events in both men and women categories.

Teams that have already confirmed participation in the tournament, as disclosed by TADA vice chairperson, Redempta Mwebesa, were required to be in Kagera by yesterday for organising the tournament fixture.

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