TOC: Athletes should target success in Olympics qualifiers 

27Nov 2018
Renatha Msungu
DODOMA
The Guardian
TOC: Athletes should target success in Olympics qualifiers 

TANZANIA Olympic Committee (TOC) has requested athletes from Arusha to go for intensive preparations for the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics after performing well in this year’s Ladies First championship that took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend. 

Female athletes compete in the 10,000m race of the last year’s Ladies First championship at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JICA

Arusha emerged as the overall winners of the championship after collecting seven medals, Zanzibar’s Unguja South District came second with three gold, two silver and as many bronze medals.

Filbert Bayi, TOC Secretary General, said the female athletes who battled it out in the championship should keep on training hard for the qualifiers for the Olympics slated for January next year. 

Bayi said the athletes have a long way to go as the coming races are tough and need better preparations.

The official disclosed the athletes should not rest, stressing they should continue training so they can stay in great shape for the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics.

The Ladies First championship ended with Zanzibar’s Urban West District finishing third with two gold medals and one bronze medal.

Coast Region, who were largely represented by athletes from Filbert Bayi Schools, came fourth with a gold medal, two silver medals and as many bronze medals.

Hosts Dar es Salaam took the fifth position with one silver medal and two bronze medals, followed by Dodoma and Singida that finished sixth and seventh respectively with one silver medal apiece.

The championship, sponsored by Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA), involved 129 athletes that participated in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m races, as well as javelin.

Toshio Nagase, JICA's Representative Chief Executive Officer, urged the winners to continue working hard in training with a view to performing well in various tournaments. 

He as well said athletes that did not win medals in the event should not lose and they, instead, keep on attending training.

Athletics Tanzania (AT) secretary general, Wilhelm Gidabuday, said there is no athlete from Tanzania who has made it to the 2020 Olympics.

He pointed out the Nagai Marathon is not recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF. The race, for that matter, cannot earn athletes qualification for the Olympics.