TSA seeks land for swimming pool

19Feb 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TSA seeks land for swimming pool

TANZANIA Swimming Association (TSA) has presented its request to the government to provide them with land so that they can build a modern Olympic-standard swimming pool.

Minister For Information, Culture, Art and Sports, Nape Nnauye.

The letter dated February 17, 2016 was on Wednesday presented to the Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa through the Minister For Information, Culture, Art and Sports, Nape Nnauye.

TSA has earmarked areas which they want the government to provide them with land so that they can construct a modern swimming pool to develop the sport in the country .

The association informed the government that what they want is a land as they have some swimming stakeholders and sponsors who have shown willingness to sponsor construction of the modern swimming pools.

In the letter TSA informed the government that despite many challenges they are facing, the association has worked hard to take swimming in the country to another remarkable level.

TSA mentioned some of their achievements as being a full member of International Swimming Association (FINA) and also featuring at top international competitions.

The letter cited other challenges which they (TSA) are facing as lack of offices and swimming equipment.

“This government has shown its seriousness to develop and promote sports in the country and it seems those hard times are close to an end…………….what we are asking the government is a plot so that we can construct our modern swimming pool which TSA can run it as business so that it can generate money to operate.

The association has stakeholders and sponsors who are ready to help us financially once the land is located to us, we have identified places which we may prefer if you give us for the mentioned purpose, preferably Masaki, Oysterbay, Msasani,and other places”, said part of the letter .
TSA secretary general Ramadhani Namkomveka who presented the letter to the government in an interview could not say why his association preferred Masaki, Msasani and Oysterbay to construct the modern swimming pool.

In the letter, TSA also asked the government to select some primary, secondary Schools and collages and universities where swimming pools will be constructed to make the culture of swimming grow among Tanzanians.

It further asks the government to work with stakeholders to build an Olympic centre which will be used to enhance performance of local athletes so that they can attain international qualifying time.

TSA also remind the government to honor its pledge of constructing a 50-meters swimming pool at the National stadium during the phase two of turning the area into a sports village.

The association also asked the government to advise all district authorities to allocate space for construction of swimming pools saying this will make more people in the country embrace the sport.