Tanzania expects to compete in international sports competitions, including events that would enable it to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Commonwealth Games. Apart from international sports tournaments, the country also plans to feature in continental sporting events hosted in various African countries.
Since the end of last year, the more than 30 national sports bodies in Tanzania have been working on sports calendars of events to be staged locally, regionally and internationally.
The governing bodies have also been drawing up training programmes and finance resourcing for sports events based on the calendars. This has been the usual practice in efforts to permanently ‘etch’ Tanzania on the global sports map.
However, the efforts have not really achieved this – what with the country’s performance at regional and international tournaments being lackluster year in, year out.
It has been suggested that this uninspiring performance is the result of lack of commitment on the part of the sports’ governing bodies. It is not uncommon for sports events to be postponed or cancelled for lack of funds. Last year, for example, some athletes had to dig deep into their pockets to finance their training!
All this hinders sports development, to say the least.
Also, the trend partly explains why Tanzanian teams perform dismally at most of the sporting events they participate in.
Without prejudice, it must be said that sports leaders have been failing on several fronts, including attracting financial contributions instead of depending solely on government subsidies; regularly organising rigorous training sessions, and sustainably maintaining the welfare of our sportsmen and women.
Sports leaders must come up with comprehensive, results-oriented strategies to develop sports in Tanzania. Among other things, the strategies must show how resources would be raised, and potential sports participants inspired.