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Saria laid to rest in Moshi

Saria, who passed away early this week at his Pugu Kajiungeni residence in Dar es Salaam after suffering from Malaria, high blood pressure and dengue fever was the national champion in 400 and 800 metres race and later a coach during his time.

During his lifetime, Saria represented the country in Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their last respects on Friday at Police Barracks in Dar es Salaam, before his body was flown to Moshi for burial.

Some of those who attended the last respects session in Dar es Salaam included the retired commander of Dar es Salaam Special Zone, ACP Alfred Tibaigana, retired Kilimanjaro RPC Mohamed Chicco, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Leonard Thadeo and his Assistant Julian Yassoda.

Saria was among the coaches who guided Team Tanzania which took part in the 1980 Olympic Games held in Moscow, Russia, where Filbert Bayi and Sulemain Nyambui won medals in the 5000 metres and 3000 metres steeplechase race.

Before retirement, the late Saria was Assistant Inspector of Police and also served as Director of Sports in the police force for several years.

Saria was last seen taking part in games last week, where he was the supervisor for athletics events during the 20th edition of Inter-Primary Schools games (UMITASHUMTA) held at the Kibaha Education Centre grounds in Coast region.

The late Saria, who is survived by a widow and three children, two sons and a daughter and grandsons will be remembered by many stakeholders especially athletes and athletics leaders for his wisdom in the sport and his advice to athletes and officials in various aspects.

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