Abbas made the statement in Dar es Salaam on Thursday while opening a meeting, which involved sports stakeholders from across the country, to deliberate on efforts to contain use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
Speaking at the meeting, he stressed that each of the sports associations’ officials should fulfill his or her role in the initiative.
According to him, the officials’ active participation in the fight against use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports will see Tanzania get rid of inconveniences the country’s athletes stand to face when they feature in international competitions elsewhere.
Director of Sports in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Yusuph Singo, noted the National Anti-Doping Organization is currently working on drafting regulations that will be formalized.
Singo further pointed out that the government will in future enact legislation for regulating betting in the country.
Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General, Filbert Bayi, thanked the government for successfully signing the agreement for the fight against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports in 2017.
Bayi stated that Tanzania was one of few countries that had not yet signed the agreement.
Abbas told sports associations’ officials that he has planned to visit various sports associations in the country from next month.
He noted the visit targets to understand the challenges and strategies for promoting sports.
Abbas insisted that the government wants to leave lasting legacy in sports, noting the sports associations’ officials can issue recommendations on what should be done to develop sports in the country.