The country’s athletes, with the exception of the swimming team, have already reported at their Filbert Bayi camp at Mkuza, Kibaha district in Coast region and are undergoing intensive training ahead of the Glasgow Games.
“All teams, except swimming, have intensified preparations and we believe they will put up a spirited performance in Glasgow,” Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General Filbert Bayi said at the weekend.
Bayi also revealed that the departure of Tanzania’s team to Glasgow has been rescheduled to July 16 due to unavailability of flights on the initial date -- July 21.
He said the committee had scheduled the country’s envoy to jet off on July 21, but changed the plan and opted to leave almost a week earlier as a result of Emirates airlines flights for the initial date are fully booked.
The TOC boss said his committee could not go for a different airliner as Emirates has reasonable tariffs and is one of the sponsors of this year’s Commonwealth Games.
According to Bayi, Team Tanzania will arrive in Glasgow on wee hours of July 18 and go straight to the Games’ Village for acclimatization and fine tuning head of the quadrennial games.
In athletics, legendary Suleiman Nyambui, who is also Athletics Tanzania (AT) Secretary General, has been tasked with preparing the country’s runners.
They include marathoners Fabian Joseph and John Leonard, Alphonce Simbu (5000/10000m), Fabian Sullen and Wilbado Malley (5000m), Bazil Baynit and Doto Ikangaa (1,500m) and Imani James. Four judokas will represent the nation in Glasgow.
The quartet includes Aboubakr Nzige (60 kg) Andrew Mlugu (66 kg), Mbarouk Mbarouk (73 kg) and Geofrey Mtawa (90 kg). Table tennis players are Neema Mwaisyula and Mwamvita Mohamed, while the weightlifting team has Shaibu Abdallah (69 kg) and Rahman Simai (77 kg).
Cyclists are Emmanuel Mollel and Richard Laizer. The Boxing team is made up of Mohamed Fumu (81 kg), Hamad Furahisha (49kg), Seleman Kidunda (69 kg), Nasser Mafuru (60 kg) and Ezra Mwanjango (52 kg).
Meanwhile, the Deputy Sports Development Director in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Juliana Yasoda revealed the swimming team will jet back on Sunday from New Zealand where they have been training for the Games.
She said upon their arrival the local swimmers will join the rest of Team Tanzania before boarding the flight to Glasgow. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are set to attract more than 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories competing in 17 sports disciplines in 11 days of competition slated to climax on August 3.
Tanzania has competed in eleven of the eighteen previous Commonwealth Games; in 1962 as Tanganyika, and from the 1966 Games as Tanzania, following the union with Zanzibar in 1964.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Tanzania was nineteenth in the medal tally with two medals, and was twenty-fourth in the All-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 21 medals.