TWO young Tanzanians will represent the country as torch bearers at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games.
The duo, Tumaini Limbe from Arusha and Mary Tarimo from Songea, will run with the Olympic and Paralympics torches as a result of their contribution to the London 2012 international sports legacy programme, International inspiration.
They will take part in a torch relay in Nottingham on June 28, and the Paralympics torch relay later in August. British High Commissioner to Tanzania, Diane Corner said yesterday that Tanzania is one of the only two countries from the 20 countries participating in International inspiration to have two young people in both the Olympics and Paralympics torch relays.
"Each of the torchbearer was selected either for their dedication and commitment to inspiring others in their communities through the power of sport, or for the personal challenges they have overcome in their lives," she said at a lunchtime reception she hosted at her residence, to bid farewell to the Tanzanian Olympic and Paralympics teams and officials as they prepare to leave for London.
The British High Commissioner wished the 'Team Tanzania' every success as they compete in their events in London, saying that it has taken them a long journey to get where they are now. Officials from the Ministry of information, Youth, Culture and Sports form the Mainland and Zanzibar as well as the Tanzania Olympic Committee and National Paralympics Committee also attended.
"We've worked hard to be ready for the Olympics and Paralympics games. These are significant events for London and the people of the UK. And the good news is that we are ready and waiting--and with great excitement," she said. Corner said London will become the first city to have hosted the modern Olympics games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012), saying further that London 2012 is the first Games where the planning for both the Olympics and Paralympics has been fully integrated.
"This reflects Britain's determination that the Games will set new standards for services, facilities and opportunities for disabled people. In fact, the Olympic Stadium is the first 80,000-seat stadium to be so light in structure and environmental impact. It contains less that 10,000 tonnes of steel,' she noted. British Council Director, Sally Robinson said International Inspiration targets to reach two million young people in Tanzania.
"I am very pleased that we have two representatives of these inspiring young people here today. They have been selected from schools across five regions in Tanzania. British Council will continue to work closely with ministry of sports and other organizations to establish and maintain development in sports. "We are supporting the development of careers in sports coaching.
For instance, in 2011 alone, we trained 110 young coaches and I'm pleased to note that through International inspiration more girls and young women have the opportunity to train as coaches for women's volleyball and soccer," Sally said. The day witnessed 'Team Tanzania' athletes and children taking part at the mini Olympic relay.