INFRASTRUCTURAL development plays a vital role in enhancing sports and as Tanzanians commemorate a two-year term of President Samia Suluhu Hassan in power, good works have been seen in this crucial area.
History is set to be recorded under her leadership for orchestrating the construction of state-of-the-art Indoor Sports Complex in Dar es Salaam whose construction is said to begin soon.
The facility according to former Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports Mohamed Mchengerwa will have the capacity to host different sport disciples including boxing, netball, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and many others.
This is a good gesture for the development of sports in the country and governments in partnership with private sectors are doing a recommendable job to ensure that this important industry which has muscles to employ many people thrives.
Aside from having the modern Indoor Sports Complex with potential to accommodate over 16,000 people at once, the state also declared that the project to construct major stadium in Dodoma is going to kick-off soon as drawings have already been completed.
All these important projects are being fulfilled under the visionary leadership of president Samia who within her two-year term in office, the sports sector continue to digest major transformations especially in infrastructure improvement.
Again, plans are in pipeline for the upgrade of seven premier league hosting stadiums across the country to give them good looks and playable conditions throughout the season and the parliament already passed the required budget for this key initiative to be enforced.
The Acting Director of Sports Ally Mayay highlighted that what the current administration is doing to focus on development of sports infrastructures is a desirable thing because athletes ought to play at friendly facilities.
“All countries which are doing well in sports have proper infrastructures and this is exactly what our government is doing so that we can be able to compete with them amicably.
“Whenever you have full and direct support from government, everything works smoothly and I am convinced that our government is partnering well with private sectors to propel the issue of infrastructure development which is key for the success of any sporting discipline,” Mayay said.
He added that government is fully focused to facilitate the growth of sports in the country and one way to achieve that is ensuring that modern sports facilities are established across the country.
He also disclosed that project to facelift seven stadiums in the country will be accomplished in two phases with the first one involving Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Uhuru Stadium and Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.
Thereafter, he said it will be a turn of CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya, Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha and Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga.
Mayay then seized the platform to urge people to always take good care of facilities at stadiums saying a lot of cost is incurred when they have been damaged.
Currently, the 60,000 capacity Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the city is undergoing maintenance as such, premier league games have been suspended at the facility until renovation works are fully completed.