The Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) has released a provisional squad of swimmers expected to represent the country at the forthcoming CANA zone three and four Games to be staged in Maputo for five days from April 25.
TSA technical director Marcelino Ngalioma said the swimmers were selected during a time try outs which the association staged in collaboration with TALISS swimming club last weekend at International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar es Salaam.
More than two hundred swimmers from eleven clubs and individuals competed in the championship kindly sponsored by Southern Sun group of hotels.
Ngalioma said TSA technical panel considered age, competence and discipline of the swimmers as selection criterion. He said young swimmers were given priority as the association is trying to build up a future swimming national team.
“We have selected young swimmers who are good and we also believe that they will be our future national team members. We want to maintain this fleet of swimmers until 2015 and 2016 and they will be ready to compete at the All Africa Games and Olympics in Congo Brazzaville and Brazil respectively,”, he said
He named the swimmers selected for the team in the 12 years and under category as Sonia Tomiotto, Denym Stengel, Talin Stengel, Agnes Kimimba and Sakura Ito, while boys are Mubanga Peeperkorn, Emmanuel Nnunduma, Aman Tanna and Shammrad Magesvaran.
Swimmers who have been selected for the under 13-14 age group for girls are Danielle Awori, Anne Monret, Alizee Bollen and Anna Phytila, while boys are Iyas Shivji, Aliassgar Karimjee, Patrick Kimimba and Amaaar Ghadiyali.
He said in the 15-16 age group males did not compete and only one girl Gouri Kotecha was picked, while in the 17-29 group female category Miriam Foum and Alexandra Belton were selected and in male group Hilal Hilal, Adam David, Omari Abdallah, Niko Kaihau and Michael Mathias joined the team.
Tami Triller is the only female selected to join the over 30 years’ athletes while Luca Luca, Mophat Osward and Said Seba form men’s team.
He said TSA officials will meet on next Wednesday in Dar es Salaam to discuss modalities of camping and accommodation.
Ngalioma named countries that will compete at the Games besides Tanzania as Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Comoro, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Mauritius.