The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Kikwete Plans to Meet at Officials

Dar es Salaam — President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete will meet with Athletics Tanzania leaders early next year to discuss the poor performance of Tanzania athletics in the international competitions.

Speaking in State House recently, President Kikwete said that the game status is down and currently there is no good performance like in 1970s and 1980s as Filbert Bayi, Juma Ikangaa, and Suleiman Nyambui dominated the international competition.

Others who put Tanzania name in the world's map of sports were Girdamis Shahanga, Mosi Ali, Nzael Kyomo, Cleva Kamanya and Simon Robert Naali

"Why we are not shining in the international competition, we used to dominate international competition during those days, I will meet with them and discuss the matter," said President.

He said that the government will make sure the status of the game in the country develop ant attain the highest standard. The government has already hired a Cuban coach to train Tanzania runners.

Other games that have been given technical support by the government are football, netball, amateur boxing and Judo. Tanzania did not come out with the impressive results in the just ended commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, India.

The runners flopped in the event and the country failed to scoop even one medal. Kenyan runners dominate the race and win many medals.

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