2 September 2010

Tanzania: Six Likely to Miss Out in Club Games Team

Dar Es Salaam — Six members of the Tanzania's Commonwealth Games team are likely to face cut off as they are racing against time to secure required documents for accreditation.

Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General, Filbert Bayi said yesterday that the members include two-Cuban athletics tacticians Adres Eduardo Baro and Jorge Rajas, as well as table tennis trainer Ramadhani Othman Suleiman.

He said the trainers failed to secure the accreditation since their names were filed after the deadline, though Bayi said, he was working overnight to ensure that they travel with the team on September 26 to New Delhi, India for the games from October 3 to 14.

Bayi said athletes Haruna Swanga (boxing) has also not secured his accreditation because he was included in the list after the Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) made last minutes changes in their squad for the games.

Bayi said he was annoyed by the Athletics Tanzania (AT) lousiness in handling accreditation issues, because he said, names of two athletes Frank Martin (800-metres) and Barae Hera (1,500 metres) were submitted to TOC minus key information and documents.

"I think AT officials are not serious, how can they submit the names without the two runners passport sizes and other key information needed, while they know that they have to be registered with those details," he lamented.

He said the move left a lot of questions on whether the AT has the athletics database, which they will avail when needed immediately. He said today is the deadline for the TOC to submit the missing information to the Games organising committee, to enable the local athletes and officials to secure accreditation.

Bayi said all other teams moved into one-month residential camp on Wednesday in preparations for the event. Tanzania is planning to send a contingent of 40 athletes and officials in New Delhi for the games and will compete in five disciplines that include Paralympics, table tennis, swimming as well as traditional sports, athletics and boxing.

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