10 February 2013

Tanzania/Kenya: Dar, Nairobi Olympic Bodies Sign Deal

TANZANIA, Kenya and Mozambique Olympic Committees have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see to it that their performance in athletics is felt within the continent.

Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General, Filbert Bayi told reporters on Friday that under the agreement, they will be ex- changing runners, expertise, as well engagement in various development programmes.

He outlined the areas the TOC will take care under the MoU with Mozambique as to send athletics experts to identify talents and train coaches. Bayi also said that the MoU, which has been com- municated to Athletics Tanzania (AT) leadership, will see Tanzania runners compete in Mozambique championships, with the latter taking care of the accommodation, meals and local transport, while AT will meet the travelling costs to and from Mozambique.

Moreover, he said, the TOC women committee will help the Mozambique coun- terparts in organizing sports for all, women sports and environmental issues. Tanzania will also exchange similar programmes with Kenya.

Bayi said the MoU was signed last year, where they have already received Kenya's athletics calendar for this year and the AT can send their runners so long as they com- municate with their Kenyan counterparts.

He was optimistic that AT will utilize fully the opportunity to ensure that it brings about development in athletics in the country. Meanwhile, TOC has de- cided to stage three big events this year in Mbeya region as the best way to rekindle and recognize women athletics contribution from the region.

TOC Secretary General, Filbert Bayi said some of the events in their calendar planned for Mbeya are Olympic Day, Environment Day and Sports Administration Course. "We have had more than five best women athletes from Mbeya region, so we felt it was wise to stage the event there in recognition of their contribution and encourage others to follow suit," he said.

"We have come into con- clusion that we are indebted to stage the events in Mbeya to mobilize women and en- courage them to come forward to fill the gap left for many years without successful athletes from Mbeya region," said Bayi.

Some of the women from Mbeya who made it in the international circles include sprinter Mwinga Mwanjala, who held national 800 metres receord for 15 years taking over from Edna Afungwile (1973-1988). There was an era for Nzael Kyomo in the athletics world. Lwiza John also from the region had for a long time held the 800-metres record too.

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