Ministry, TPDF in joint sports development bid

THE Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports in collaboration with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) have set ambitious strategies to enable Tanzanian athletes sparkle in the world class events like Olympics.

In a joint meeting between the Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports, Saidi Yakubu and the delegation of the TPDF set short-term and long-term strategies to achieve the targeted goals.

Athletes from the Armed Forces units have been Tanzania’s major medal hopes in various world class games like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and All Africa Games.

He said they have agreed to establish centres for nurturing sports talents in the country in order to get quality players in different sports disciplines.

Speaking after the meeting, Yakubu said that it is an undisputable fact that the armed forces units have been producing good talents and if  they are used wisely they will take the country’s sports  to higher levels.

“Some of the strategies discussed include a plan to prepare athletes for Paris Olympic Games and All African Games as well as  developing sports infrastructure, the mechanism to collaborate with the sports academies and entering into a legal agreement in sports between the army and the ministry.

“We also planned another meeting to discuss technical issues within a period of not less than seven days between so as to come up with a short- and long-term implementation plan,” he added. He furthermore said the meeting will stick to how to involve various sports stakeholders in helping the implementation of the said strategies.

On his side, the TPDF Director of Sports Colonel Martin Stewart complimented the Deputy Permanent Secretary Yakubu for the guidance and he assured him that the army will implement it immediately for the benefit of the nation.

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