Dar to field 40 players in Uganda Open darts championship 

12Sep 2019
Marc Nkwame
ARUSHA
The Guardian
Dar to field 40 players in Uganda Open darts championship 

DARTS is still in its diapers stage in Tanzania, because the country has to fish players from nearly 10 regions when participating in international darts events.

Dar es Salaam darts players pictured with a trophy and a dartboard after the completion of a recent National Championship played in the city.

 

As it happens Tanzania is currently kitting off a sporting delegation of 40 players from eight regions to participate as a team in the Uganda Open darts championship set for Friday to Sunday in Kampala.

The darts players are taken from Arusha, Kagera, Mbeya, Mwanza, Tabora, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro, and Dar-es-Salaam, and they will be converging in Kampala where they will be outfitted as the national team, to participate in the tournament which will involve male and female players.

The event will see participants battle it out in singles, doubles and team games.

As usual Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are taking part in the championship, which is part of the bi-annual East Africa Federation Championship.

Debuting for the first time this year, Rwanda will also be making scene as participatory observer.

According to the Secretary General of the Tanzania Darts Association (TADA), Victor Kimambo, the country excelled in the previous championship held in Kilimanjaro and with the new team, some sporting personnel from military forces are also been included for the Kampala event which means Tanzania is well set to conquer the Uganda competition.

Tanzania emerged as the overall winner during the previous round of East Africa darts championship, which was held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro. Apparently, the country intends to repeat the same victory in Kampala.

According to Kimambo, darts events for this year have been exhausted as per TADA calendar, however the association intends to organize an extraordinary darts meet in Arusha in October, in preparation for the forthcoming Kenya Open Darts Championship, slated for November in Nairobi.

For many years, Arusha has been the doyenne of darts events in the country whose sporting scene is blanketed with mostly soccer.

 “Last July we held audience with Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, regarding the lack of sponsors to support darts in Tanzania,” the TADA official disclosed.

He disclosed that when crippled financially, the country will face difficulties to participate in international events.