NSC, JICA bring ‘Ladies First’ in athletics

DAR ES SALAAM: THE National Sports Council (NSC) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has organised a sports event dubbed ‘Ladies First’ that will engage women athletes from 31 regions in the country.

NSC Executive Secretary, Neema Msitha disclosed yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the event, which aims at showcasing women’s talents that will involve athletics and other games, is expected to be graced by the Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports, Damas Ndumbaro

Msitha unveiled that the three-day event will kick off tomorrow at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium and thereafter shift to Uhuru Stadium on November 25 to pave the way for the CAF Champions League group stage match between Simba and ASEC Mimosas.

The event will climax at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday, November 26 and according to the schedule starting tomorrow, the event will involve jogging and aerobic activity that start at 6:30-7:30.

“The event will be for three days; apart from involving sports activities it will also involve workshops on diversity and inclusion for leadership, training awareness campaign on HIV- AIDS, and entrepreneurship for women,” she disclosed.

The Athletics Tanzania (AT) Technical Committee Chairman, Michael Washa unveiled that they will involve a track and field event, including 100, 200,400,500,1000,1500,10,000 metres races, javelin throw, fun relay, and other games.

On his part, the JICA Chief Representative to Tanzania Ara Hitoshi said that they will fully support the event as it aims to empower women and girls in sports sectors.

“Ladies First aims to contribute to goal number five of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which emphasises gender equality across the word and therefore it should be practiced in sports as well,” he said

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