TSA to host fundraising swimming event

11Jun 2019
Renatha Msungu
DODOMA
The Guardian
TSA to host fundraising swimming event

TANZANIA Swimming Association (TSA) will stage a special swimming competition known as Swim-A-Thon which aims at raising funds to support the senior and junior national teams which will compete in World Championships.

Dar es Salaam swimmer, Natalia Ladha, competes in a past swimming event which took place in the city.

Inviolata Itatiro, TSA secretary general, said the body needs to raise 120m/- to enable the swimmers to feature in the two major events in the world.

Inviolata said they have targetted to raise 35m/- in the competition scheduled to take place at Shaaban Robert swimming pool in Dar es Salaam on June 29 and its preparations are underway.

She said that juniors from 12 years and under in both girls and boys and seniors from 13 years and above in both girls and boys are expected to compete in the event.

“You need to register and pay 15, 000/- and compete in the event. You can swim in any distance, we will start the event from 10 am to 5 pm,” Inviolata said.

The World Swimming Championships will be held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12 to July 28 and Junior World Championships has been scheduled for August 20 to August 25 in Budapest, Hungary.

Four swimmers have been selected to represent the country in the world event to be held in South Korea.

They are Hilal Hemed Hilal and Collins Saliboko in men’s category while the women’s category will see Sylvia Caloiaro and Shivani Bhatt take part, according to the TSA official.

The swimmers would be accompanied by national team’s head coach, Alexander Mwaipasi, and two officials, Chairperson Imani Alimanya and Vice-Chairperson Asmah Hilal.

The officials will attend a high-level meeting organized by the world swimming governing body FINA.

Inviolata said TSA has to incur its own costs for four swimmers and two officials and FINA will refund the travel costs of USD 1,400 per person for three swimmers and two officials only.

She said the cash can only be claimed after the competition and upon the submission of tickets and respective invoices.

“TSA has no enough money to facilitate the team to travel. We need assistance to make the team compete in the event, we need to raise funds in order to field the swimmers in the respective events,” the official said.

The junior swimmers, who will compete in the event, are Dennis Mhini, Delvin Barick, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Christian Shirima and Isam Sepetu who will compete in boys’ category while Kayla Temba and Laila Rashid are in girls’ category.