TANZANIA in the middle of next month will pick a team of 20 best swimmers that will represent the country at the 2013 Confederation of Africa Swimming (CANA) Zone Three and Four Swimming championship slated for Zambia in April, this year.
Secretary General of Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA), Noel Kihunsi told the 'Daily News' the players will be picked during clubs championship to be staged at Hopac pools in the city in March. He said more than 15 clubs are set to take part in the championship, whereby 20 outstanding performers will earn a ticket to represent the country in the Zambia event.
Clubs that are expected to feature in the tournament are UDSM, Talis, Dar Swim Club, JKT, Tanzania Marine, Hopac, Sting Rays, Blue Fins, Isamilo (Mwanza), Arusha, Morogoro, Shinyanga and Geita, all from Mainland Tanzania. From Zanzibar are Stone Town Swim club, KMKM and Nyuki. Kihunsi said the two day clubs championship is expected to be tough as most swimmers have been training hard ahead of the event.
"We want to have the best team that will represent us in the Africa event for better results and medals," he said. The Zambia event would be held at the 90 Days Legacy Swimming Pool that played host to the 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games and would run from April 25 - 28 in Lusaka.
According to the Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU), 10 countries out of 21 invited had already confirmed participation though Swaziland pulled out despite having confirmed their participation. Local Organising Committee chairperson Deirdre Goveia said the 10 countries would field 261 swimmers with 44 officials, who are International Swimming Federation (FINA) registered referees.
Tanzania swimmers are expected to compete alongside experienced swimmers from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Namibia, amongst others. Hosts Zambia would be represented by 60 swimmers.