Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Shame As 'Team Tanzania' Goes Without Pay in London

Dodoma — KINONDONI Member of Parliament Iddi Azzan (CCM) has blasted the Secretary General of the Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Filbert Bayi for mismanagement of funds.

In his contribution to the budget estimates for the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, the MP also said he had information that representatives to the Olympic Games in London have not been paid allowances for the past ten days. "According to information that I have received, the team has gone for ten days without allowances.

With this trend it will be a miracle for us to win any medal at the Olympic," charged the MP. Azzan also blamed Bayi for stalling the construction of the Olympic Sports Centre in Tanzania that would be funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) because of what Azzan claimed that the local Olympic team has been camping at his school.

"Mr Bayi is against the construction of the centre since he uses his school as training camps for Olympic teams," Azzan, also a renown sports enthusiast, said. Azzan also claimed that in the year 2008, representatives of the Olympic Games held in Beijing, China had their allowances chopped to foot air ticket for one of TOC officials and that the players have since then not been repaid the money.

However, the Deputy Minister in the Ministry, Amos Makala, maintained yesterday evening that the athletes have been given their allowances. He also defended Bayi on mismanagement of TOC finds, stressing that the committee has clean books of records which are audited from time to time by the International Olympic Committee.

The Deputy Minister clarified further that the IOC had plans of constructing the centre in either Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda but settled for the latter due to lack of proper facilities in the other two countries. "And regarding allowances to the Olympic team I oversaw the process myself and assured that they were given allowances for 15 days.

However, I have directed the Director of Sports in the Ministry to ensure that the remaining allowances are paid," he explained. Meanwhile, 'Team Tanzania' is already in Olympic village at Stratford. The team left their training base at Bradford University, where they had been camping for the past two weeks.

The team was received in London by the Tanzania Ambassador to the UK, Peter Kallaghe and other officials. The ambassador was assured that the team is ready for the games starting this weekend.

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