AT least 17 swimmers have been selected by the CANA Team Tanzania Committee, under the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) to participate at the CANA zone 3 & 4 swimming Championships to be held in Lusaka, Zambia from April 25 to 28th this year.
TSA Assistant General Secretary, Ramadhan Namkoveka said CANA Zone 3&4 Championships is an annual event and a key competition in the continent, which attracts a number of African countries with over 500 swimmers attending this popular event.
He said the zone 3 countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, while zone 4 are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. India will also send team for the event.
Namkoveka said swimmers have been selected by a Technical Committee based on the times achieved at the Tanzania National Club Championships which were held in Dar es Salaam on March 16 to 17 this year under sponsorship of Exim Bank.
A CANA Team Tanzania Committee was formed by TSA which consists of a technical and an administration team. "The coaches focus into the technical aspect of the team such as training, team building and event selection while the administration team focuses on the logistics, administration and the budgets for training, travel, accommodation and all other general expenses of the team," Namkoveka said.
He said the estimated budget for taking a team of 20 people, which includes 17 swimmers and three officials to Lusaka is 60m/-. This will include flights, accommodation in Zambia, meals and internal transport in Lusaka. "We are looking for sponsors to support the trip and all related expenses.
We would like sponsors even to help partially which means one sponsor can pay for air ticketing etc," he said. The female swimmers selected to represent Tanzania at the Championships are Catherine Mason, Sonia Tumiotto, Sakura Ito, Simran Patel, Agnes Kimimba, Anjani Taylor, Emma Imhoff, Sabrina Kassam and Alizee Bollen.
Swimmers selected for men's team are Shammrad Magesvaran, Dhashrrad Magesvaran, Hilal Hilal, Adam David, Amaar Ghadiyali, Iyas Shivji, Mathew Guild and Mubanga Peeperkorn. The team selected to represent Tanzania this year has been training for the past two months and the coaches are confident of an improved performance over last year with many more medals.
The team currently trains twice a day, six days per week at the International School of Tanganyika and at Funky's swimming pools under head coach John Belela, who is assisted by Alex Mwaipasi and Michael Livingstone. Tanzania had sent a team to CANA championship in Maputo Mozambique last year and they came back with four medals.