TANZANIA is expected to field nine swimmers in the coming 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championship slated for August 23-28 in Indianapolis, United States of America (USA).
Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) secretary general, Ramadhan Namkoveka, said the swimmers were selected due to their impressive performance in the national club championship held recently at Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) in Dar es Salaam.
He said the team comprises of five males and four females and asked companies, organizations and individuals to help TSA raise US dollars 5,000 for each swimmer.
Namkoveka said the money will be enough for accommodation, training fee, air ticket and swimming costume for each swimmer. He mentioned the swimmers as Denis Mhini, Joseph Sumari and Vanessa Dickson from Morogoro International School (MIS) swimming team, Shawnby Abato and Christopher Fitzpatrick from International School of Moshi (ISM), Collins Saliboko and Sonia Tumiotto from UK’s Saint Felix, Kayla Temba and Celina Itatilo from Dar Swim Club.
The TSA official mentioned former national team swimmer, Khalid Rushaka, as the head coach of the team.
He said most of the selected swimmers are groomed to represent the country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“We have selected nine swimmers who will represent the country at the FINA junior swimming championships, we really hail MIS for giving swimming opportunities to all students and pupils at the school,” he said.
“This has helped the school to produce many swimmers who have represented the country at many international events, we also thank the coaches who train the swimmers selected for the national team.”
The official stopped short of disclosing the date of the trip, saying they are still discussing on other modalities.