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TOC to lockout associations from Club Games

The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) is likely to lockout some sports associations from participating in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games schedule for Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3 this year due to serious irregularities. Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General, Filbert Bayi TOC Secretary General Filbert Bayi told the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that most of the associations picked to represent the country in the quadrennial Games have failed to present complete particulars of their athletes and even failed to mention the categories of sport they will be engaged in. “It’s very disappointing that some of the sports associations which were picked to represent the country in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games have failed to present the required particulars needed,” he said. Bayi named the associations as Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT), Judo Association of Tanzania (JATA) and Tanzania Paralympics Committee (TPC). Bad enough, Bayi added that JATA seemed to be in total confusion because judokas officials from Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland each presented its own team, meaning they had failed to abide with TOC directives which ordered them to meet and select a single team. The TOC boss thus threatened to lockout the athletes from the associations that have failed to submit the required details from taking part in the Glasgow Games. “Until they make amend and fill in the required details, we’ll lock them out of the games,” Bayi said. However, he said a special government task force committee, which is concerned with Commonwealth Games preparations, will on February 19, this year, meet associations which are earmarked to send athletes to the Games, to discuss various issues including the blunders made and to check the qualifications of athletes picked for the Games. “We are going to meet on February 19 to discuss on various issues concerning our preparations for the Glasgow Games, including whether the athletes picked by the associations have met the qualification standards or not. We’ll also see how they are conducting the preparations for the Games,” Bayi explained. He added that if they establish that the associations have failed to implement the directive given to them in order to qualify for the Glasgow Games, there will be no reason for the athletes to take part in the event. Last month, President Jakaya Kikwete warned associations not to select athletes who have not met the qualification standards to represent the country in the Commonwealth Games to avoid shame when receiving the Queen’s Baton Relay at the State House in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is expected to be represented by athletics, table tennis, swimming, cycling, boxing, judo and Paralympics teams.The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will involve over 6,500 athletes from 70 countries who will compete in 17 sports over 11 days. Source Tanzania Daily News

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All guns drawn as Kenya take on world’s top sides in Wellington 7s

The Kenya National Sevens team, under South African Paul Treu, are up for a rough battle in Wellington as they kick off their campaign in the fifth leg of the International Rugby Board Sevens circuit. Michael Agevi of Kenya catches a pass during a US Rugby Sevens tournament match against Canada in Las Vegas, Nevada Their opposition – Samoa, Australia and Tonga in the group stages – have sharpened their claws in what is shaping up to be an epic battle between some of the best known names in the rugby world. Most teams have kept the squads that took part in the USA leg of the circuit. Australia has madeonly one change to the team, with long-standing captain Ed Jenkins re-joining the squad after an injury layoff. Speaking to their official Australian Sevens Website Ed Jenkins said “I believe we have a realistic chance in Wellington to make a real statement and get into that top four. The boys are relishing the opportunity to play in front of a packed out New Zealand crowd that absolutely love their Rugby Sevens.” This may be bad news for Kenya, who face Australia at 6.51am today with both teams eager to make a print in the tournament. Despite the immense competition, the game between Kenya and Tonga will have special significance given that Tonga will be hoping to raise funds from their fixtures in Wellington for victims of Cyclone Ian. Sevens Wellington tournament CEO Marty Donahue said: “Tonga is a magnificent competitor at Sevens Wellington and is always hugely popular with the crowd. The fundraising gesture will help alleviate some of the destruction of Cyclone Ian and we hope Wellington will get behind this fundraising and assist where they can.” Secretary of the Wellington Tonga Leaders Council Senorita Laukau says her organisation is very happy that Cyclone Ian relief efforts will be the major charity focus at this year’s Sevens. Tonga is not a core team in the IRB games and will only be participating in New Zealand because they are the regional qualifiers after beating Papua New Guinea to third place in the Pacific Games in Wallis & Futuna last year where Samoa emerged as champions. Meanwhile, Samoa coach Viliamu Punivalu has said he respects every team and will work hard to beat them

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Jeptoo to defend London marathon

Prisca Jeptoo has vowed to carry her 2013 form to the Virgin London Marathon set for April 13. Prisca Jeptoo Jeptoo, who produced the world’s second fastest time of 2013 when she won the London Marathon, also chalked up victory at the ING New York City Marathon last November. She will defend her title against an elite field that includes three athletes who have run faster than two hours 20 minutes, and eight who have finished in under 2:25, plus the three-time Olympic track champion and multi-world record breaker Tirunesh Dibaba, who is making her marathon debut. But Jeptoo will also contend with Tiki Gelana, the Ethiopian who beat her at the London Olympic Games. “The battle will not be easy, but I will do my best. I am in good shape and will hopefully carry the top form to London. I want to run faster this time; what I did last year shows that I can improve my time this year. I am targeting a 2:20,” said Jeptoo. She went on: “I will try to run faster in the second half (21km). I want to be the second Kenyan to win the London Marathon twice.” “But I should balance the first 21km and the last 21km to run a better time. Had I done this in New York, I would have even broken the course record,” she said. Jeptoo also hinted that Kenyan women marathoners were keen to attempt the world record held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe.

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Bittam coach believes early goal will be ‘vital’ in Confed meet

US Bittam coach Oman Biyik believes that the team which scores early during Sunday’s champions league match against Gor Mahia will carry the day. The former Cameroon international said his team will work hard to make it impossible for the home team to get an early goal which he believes will make the difference in the match. “We have a strategy to get at least one goal away because it will make the return match easier for us. To do this, we have to keep Gor Mahia from getting an early goal as this will motivate them. “On the other hand, I also understand that if they do not get an early goal then frustration will set in and this should give us an advantage. “It is possible that the fans may turn against them and make it easier for us to get the results we want,” said the coach. Biyik has on the overall predicted a tough match for both teams who are winners of their respective leagues. “Here we have two teams that have good players and are determined to get to the next round. It is not going to be easy for any of the two sides. Gor Mahia have the home advantage and we have the desire to pick a positive result at home,” he observed. Elsewhere, after winning last year’s GOtv shield and coming close to the league title, AFC Leopards coach James Nandwa is a man under seige as fans demand for more from him. Nandwa has becoming increasingly under pressure especially after the team failed to perform in the Mapinduzi Cup held in Zanzibar two months ago and the worst was a poor performance in the Kenya Power Charity Cup. After spending millions to assemble his squad, the fans are not ready to excuse Nandwa, but ahead of Sunday’s Confederations Cup match against Defense of Ethiopia the coach is sounding optimistic of a positive result. “This week we have spent a lot of time on sharpening our attack and working on our defensive weaknesses. Our goal is to score at least two or three goals which should cushion us come the return leg,” Nandwa said yesterday. The coach said he is aware of the expectations of the fans and he insists he will not let them down but has also called for patience. By Gilbert Wandera, The Standard

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Mombasa County Stadium to be polished off soon

The national government is committed to see the second phase of the face-lifting of the Mombasa County Stadium is completed with practicable  framework time. Patrick Omutia, the Principal Secretary Sports, Arts and Culture said government’s objective is to see stadium fully refurbished to international standard. ‘’The actual cost initial design did not cover the expansion on the field from 440 yard old system to 400 yard as required  internationally,” Omutia said. Omutia spoke on Wednesday evening after a fact finding tour of the facility inspected by the Parliamentary Labour and social welfare committee headed by Matungu MP David Were. The principal secretary said State has elaborate programmes  to expand other area of sports in the country, saying the National government has spent  Sh27 million for the renovation of the Coastal Stadium but initial stage had allocated Sh56 million from estimated figure. Omutia told committee government has spent Sh27 million on the facility and other balance was to be met by the County government. The Mombasa County Executive in charge of sports Hazel Koitaba told committee her  government had embarked on second phase of renovations at the stadium. “Mombasa Stadium has been in a dilapidated situation for over a decade but now is back on its feet and we promise to put up a basketball court, volleyball and netball areas in the second phase initiative,” said the minister. She added county government was looking for ways of acquiring a 50 hectare of land in Shanzu to set up a sports complex. Webuye MP  Daniel Wanyama lamented the way sports fields are maintained  country-wide and yet Kenya was a sporting nation. “As a veteran sportsman, I believe the government has not done enough to improve sports facilities,” said the legislator. He urged county governments to take advantage of devolution system by having vibrant sports ministries to champion for the improvement of sporting facilities at the county level. By ERNEST NDUNDA, The Standard

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Barclays Golf moves to Muthaiga

The 14th and final leg of this year’s Barclays Golf Circuit, which  will be played at the par 72 Muthaiga Golf Club tomorrow, has attracted over 220 players. The big field will see golfers battle it out for the six slots available in the grand finale on February 22 at Karen Golf and Country Club. The day-long tournament comes after other events in Limuru, Eldoret, Nakuru, Machakos, Nyanza, Thika, Sigona, Nyali, Windsor, Nyeri, Royal, Karen, and Vet Lab. According to Muthaiga Golf Club captain Bhavnish Chandaria, the course is in excellent condition, but challenging, and he expects modest scores during the event. “The course is currently playing good. It is in championship condition as we have prepared it for the Kenya Open Pro-Am tournament set for early next month when we host some of the best golfers on the European Tour,” said Chandaria. He added: “The greens are extremely fast and firm and the roughs are severe, so players should come prepared for an entertaining round of golf.” Saturday’s event comes two weeks after the 13th leg was held at the par 72 Vet Lab Golf Club on January 25 where home player John D’Souza broke his duck to win his first major golf event in his 16-month career. D’Souza emerged the overall winner on an impressive 44 Stableford points and nine players, six from the home club and three from Golf Park, booked tickets to the coveted finale. The overall winner in the grand finale will land a fully paid golfing tour on expansive golf courses in South Africa, while the top 20 in the finale will get slots to play at the Barclays Kenya Open Golf Pro-Am early next month. By ERICK OCHIENG’, The Standard

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Tanzania lead at the Bamako International Marathon

Dar es Salaam: BANK OF AFRICA TANZANIA sponsored the 6th Edition of the Bamako International Marathon as part of the annual Corporate Social Responsibility and involvement in the community. From the left Mr. Solomon Haule-Head of Marketing Bank of Africa Tanzania, Mr.Suleiman Nyambui -Secretary General of Athletic Tanzania, Mr. Leonard Thadeo -Director of Sports, Ministry of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Mr. Ammish Owusu Amoah- Director Bank of Africa Tanzania and Mrs. Mwanahiba Mzee – Head of Risk and Compliance Bank of Africa Tanzania. The sponsored athletes carried the Tanzania flag high as Mr. Samson Ramadhani Nyonyi took number one position and Mr. Oswald Revelian Kaharuzi took fourth place during the Bamako International Marathon on 2nd February 2014, Mali. In addition to organizing the marathon in Bamako, BANK OF AFRICA Group, creator of the event, mobilizes its network of BANK OF AFRICA and covers transportation and accommodation costs of foreign participants. This year, the mobilization was again significant with almost 40 persons (athletes, coaches and journalists) having participated. They came from 10 countries where BANK OF AFRICA Group operates (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, DRC, Senegal and Tanzania). The two athletes were up against runners from 15 countries that included Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, France, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. Addressing members of press, Mr. Ammish Owusu Amoah, Managing Director of BANK OF AFRICA TANZANIA at the acknowledgement ceremony presented the athletes with a gift of TZS 1, 700,000 which is in addition to TZS 4,080,000 which was awarded to them in BAMAKO, “BANK OF AFRICA TANZANIA promise to continue sponsoring athletes to other marathons and also offer them all the support they need to compete nationwide and worldwide so as to boost and move sports in Tanzania to a higher level. We look forward to working more with the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports as well as the Athletic Tanzania and urge other corporate bodies to come forward and support athletics in the country. We believe that if Mr. Ramadhani and Mr.

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