Cycling team begin preps for All Africa Games

DAR ES SALAAM: All is set as the country’s cycling team is ready to pitch it training camp ahead of the All-Africa Games that  are scheduled to be staged in Accra, Ghana next month.

The Cycling Association of Tanzania, president Godfrey Mhagama unveiled to the Daily News on Sunday in Dar es Salam that ten cyclists will pitch training camp from tomorrow in Babati, Manyara region.

“We have assembled ten cyclists who are entering in camp to drill for the All-Africa Games and our camp will be conducted in the Manyara region,” Mhagama said.

He added that they have chosen Babati because it is located at a high altitude which is a conducive area for training that will make it easy for the cyclists to conduct their training sessions and gain fitness.

“Training at high altitudes can offer numerous benefits to athletes, including enhanced oxygen utilization, improved endurance capacity, and increased tolerance for high levels of carbon dioxide and we believe that our cyclists will have a successful camp there,” he disclosed.

Moreover, he noted that Babati has another added advantage which is good roads for cycling, and that there are few vehicles which makes it easy for them to train.

He also revealed that while in Babati, they will be cycling for a distance of not less than 170km to get the required momentum.

Asked what Tanzanians should expect from the national flag bearers, he said they will do whatever it takes to shine in Ghana.

“We cannot promise them a lot but we are going to put up a good fight for as long as it takes to represent well our country,” he said.

Ghana is gearing up to host the 13th All-African Games in March 2024, welcoming 53 nations. The games will feature 23 competitive sporting disciplines, including athletics, badminton, cycling, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling, arm wrestling, beach volleyball,3×3 basketball, boxing, chess, cricket, football, handball, hockey, judo, karate-do, rugby, taekwondo, volleyball and weightlifting.

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