Joseph has also been barred from taking part in all local and international competitions until after the London Games. The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General Filbert Bayi, told journalists in a press conference on Tuesday that the decision to expel Fabian was reached by the body’s Technical Committee that met in the city on Monday.
TOC in conjunction with Athletics Tanzania (AT), early this year organised a camp in Kibaha for four athletes to prepare for the London Games. Bayi said Fabian, alongside Dickson Marwa despite the fact that they have not attained the qualifying mark, were supposed to be in camp preparing for qualifiers in Hamburg, Germany, next Sunday and Prague, Czec Republic on May 13.
And Joseph together with other team mates - Samson Ramadhani, who is the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth gold medalists and Zakia Mrisho were given permission to compete in Ngorongoro Half Marathon two weeks ago but Fabian failed to report back, while the other two have since reported back.
“Fabian has been missing in camp for almost two weeks, while others have reported back in camp preparing for both qualifying championships and the Olympic Games, his action is nothing but utter indiscipline,” said Bayi.
Bayi added: “The runner is disobedient and disrespectful to his coach, AT and TOC, which together made several attempts to get him back to the camp but all in vain.”
The former Olympic silver medalists further said that the national athletics team coach Zakaria Gwandu called Fabian several times but he wouldn’t pick his phone calls. “I also did call him but it was the same case, until after I sent him a text message, when he responded, saying he was attending his sick child. We wondered why he did not inform us in advance,” lamented Bayi.
“The committee felt it was necessary to expel him from the team because we had agreed this time around to set up an extremely demanding camp, that offer the most stringent training regimen, unlike the case in the past, when we used to be a bit lenient,” said Bayi.
However, Bayi said the runner is free to appeal against the decision, but ruled out any possibility of pardoning him just in case he appeals for lenience. TOC decided to keep the athletics camp in Kibaha from their traditional venue of Arusha in a bid enforce strict adherence of camp discipline for the runners especially discouraging them from truancy and alcohol.
In another development only four boxers will make a trip to Casablanca, Morocco for Africa Zone 2012 Olympic qualifiers. Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) Secretary General Makore Mashaga named the boxers as Selemani Kidunda (69kg) welterweight, Emmilian Patrick (56kg) bantamweight, Abdallah Salum Said (52) flyweight and Victorian Njaiti (64kg) featherweight.
The team under the tutelage of Remmy Ngabo will fly out tomorrow via Dubai ahead of the week long qualifying competition that starts on Sunday. Another BFT making the trip to Casablanca is Michael Changarawe.