TOC officials, swimmers fly to Rio

03Aug 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
TOC officials, swimmers fly to Rio

TANZANIA Olympics Committee (TOC) president Gulam Rashid and secretary general Filbert Bayi boarded a flight to Rio de Janeiro yesterday where they scheduled to attend International Olympic Committee (IOC) general assembly.

Besides the TOC duo, others who were also reserved into the same flight yesterday afternoon included team doctor Nassoro Mutuzya and two swimmers Hilal Hilal and Magdalena Moshi, and their coach Alexander Mwaipasi.

Judoka Andrew Thomas and his coach Zaidi Omari were scheduled to board yesterday morning flight.

In a telephone interview before boarding the Rio flight, Bayi, said they will attend IOC organised meetings and hope to learn more.
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“They will be several meetings, conferences and discussions, we hope these will help us to learn and benefit a lot”, he said.

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

The meetings and conferences were opened in Rio by IOC president Thomas Bach who is reported to have praised all National Olympic Committee (NOC) presidents and secretaries for their efforts to send their athletes to the Games.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank all the presidents and secretary generals of the International Federations and of the National Olympic Committees .You have all demonstrated great solidarity, Thank you for your great contribution, understanding and flexibility under extraordinary circumstances. The Olympic family is always at its best whenever we are united in our resolve. I would also like to highlight the crucial role”, he said.

Bach also disclosed that for the first time in the history of the Olympics, this edition Games will feature refugee Olympic teams.

“We will welcome the team tomorrow in our session. They will compete alongside athletes from all other 206 National Olympic Committees.

The refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies and suffering that they have endured, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and most importantly, through strength of the human spirit. Refugees’ Olympic team will represent millions of their colleagues who have been left without home because of conflicts and wars.

The teams will give hope to all refugees in the world. It will be a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings who are enrichment to society just as they are enrichment to our Olympic family”, he concluded.