ABOUT 40 participants are expected to take part in the FINA Swimming Official Clinic slated to begin today at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar es Salaam.
Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ yesterday, the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) Secretary General, Ramadhan Namkoveka, named Navy Captain (rtd) Olugbenga Akinsanya Lawal from Nigeria, who currently serves as CANA Liaison Officer Nigeria Aquatic Federation, as the instructor of the three-day clinic expected to reach its climax on Sunday.
“We expect all international officials, who will take part in the course to arrive today (yesterday) and those who will pass clinic examinations will have the opportunity to officiate national and international swimming games as per requirements of the world swimming governing body (FINA),” Namkoveka said.
Adding, the TSA boss said the main objectives of the clinic are to promote and improve swimming, improve the quality of competitive swimming, increase participation and interest in swimming as well as to encourage physical fitness.
He also said Tanzania is heading towards the right direction as far as the growth of swimming is concerned. “The perfect host of CANA Zone III last year in October of which Tanzania defended the championship was a big achievement and gave us energy to move forward,” said Namkoveka.
However, he conceded that such successes could not have been achieved without good cooperation enjoyed by TSA from its partners like FINA, CANA, Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC), sponsors, clubs, schools, coaches, players, parents and media of whom he said helped a lot to create awareness among people.