Dar es Salaam. Organisers of the Taliss-IST swimming championships that roared into life in Dar es Salaam yesterday expressed optimism on the future of swimming in the country after a day of splendid performances by participants.

Some 250 swimmers from various clubs across the country put up an impressive show during a dramatic first day of the championships that end today.

The battle for swimming honours features young talent from the International School of Moshi (ISM), Wahoo (Zanzibar), FK (Dar es Salaam), ISM (Arusha), Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (Dar es Salaam), Bluefins (Dar es Salaam) and Mwanza Swimming Club. Taliss-IST manager Hadija Shebe told The Citizen that there was significant improvement in performance compared to last year. “It is a fine start for the swimmers who are looking forward to competing in the national swimming club championships a few months down the line,” said Hadija.

The Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA), which is supervising the contest, is using the event to scout talent for the national team. Swimmers locked horns in 71 events on the first day. They are scheduled to battle it out in 36 more events today.

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