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Club Games coaches eager to win medals in Glasgow

The coaches made the assurance to the Minister for Foreign Affair and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe at a meeting held mid this week to evaluate training camps pitched abroad by the respective teams in readiness for the quadrennial Games.

The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General, Filbert Bayi said after the meeting that the coaches, who accompanied the teams to training camps in China, New Zealand, Turkey and Ethiopia, have confirmed that their athletes are in good shape and ready for the Glasgow Games. “They assured the minister that they will not return home empty handed,” he said.

According to Bayi, the coaches said preparations got abroad have helped to reshape the athletes and hopefully “the days of failure will come to an end”.

Teams which will represent the country in Glasgow are athletics, boxing, table tennis and swimming. They returned home last week except the swimmers who are expected back on Sunday.

Tanzania will also be represented by cycling, judo and wrestling teams which have been training within the country. The teams are currently continuing with their final preparations at the Filbert Bayi Secondary School hostel at Mkuza, Kibaha, in Coast Region, the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam and at Karatu in Arusha Region.

Responding to their pledge, Membe, whose ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports facilitated the abroad training through the Sports Diplomacy programme, said ending medal drought at the Games should be the priority.

He said winning medals in Glasgow will boost the government’s morale to increase support for national teams taking part in various international competitions.

Coaches of all the Glasgow-bound teams attended the meeting with Minister Membe, except those for swimming and cycling, who are outside Dar es Salaam with their teams.

In another development, Bayi said that Membe has granted a request by the Athletic Tanzania (AT) for their long-distance athletes to continue training in Ethiopia until July 22, this year.

And Leonard Caroly, who returned home recently from Ethiopia, has already left for Addis Ababa to continue with the training with his compatriot Fabian Joseph.

Team Tanzania will be sent off on Tuesday at a brief ceremony to be held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where it will be presented with the national flag. The contingent will depart the next day to Scotland.

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