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Friday, August 25, 2017

Callum Hawkins ready to battle Mo Farah in future marathons



Wilhelm Gidabuday with Alphonce Simbu in London.



Callum Hawkins wants to challenge Sir Mo Farah

Great Britain's Callum Hawkins says he is relishing the chance to battle Sir Mo Farah in the marathon from next year, after finishing an impressive fourth at the World Championships in London.

The Scot equalled the best-ever finish by a British man in the event, and the best in 22 years since Peter Whitehead's performance in Gothenburg with his display on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, ninth at last year's Olympics in Rio, clocked a personal best two hours 10 minutes and 17 seconds as he crossed the finish line at Tower Bridge 26s off bronze.

Hawkins' sense of slight frustration at missing out on a medal is a clear sign of his confidence - and he is determined to give Farah a run for his money when the 10-time global track champion takes to the roads full-time.

"Hopefully he'll be seeing my back," he joked.

Mo Farah could find himself fending off competition from Callum Hawkins before long, according to the 25-year-old



"He's a quality athlete and hopefully it'll be a good head-to-head."

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui took victory on the course in two hours 8 minutes and 27 seconds, Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola claimed silver and Alphonce Felix Simbu of Tanzania.

"I was wanting to maybe sneak a medal and to actually see it as I was finishing was a bit tough," Hawkins said. "But I gave it my all and I couldn't ask for anything more performance-wise.



Callum Hawkins has his sights set on becoming the best of British on the road



"I knew I could be close to a medal, but there are some quality athletes. Usually the big guys don't quite turn up, but they all turned up."

Hawkins finished strongly, picking athletes off late in the race after deciding not to go with the leaders when they made a move at the halfway point.

"I should have maybe held them a bit closer when that big move went, but it was a huge move," he continued.

"But if I had I would have been almost walking towards the end."

Source : SkySports News

Nitaanzisha matembezi ya KM 1300 kuchangisha fedha za kujenga ofisi na kambi ya kudumu ya RT.


Na Victor Machota, Arusha.
Katibu Mkuu wa chama cha Riadha Tanzania Wilhelm Gidabuday ni mmoja kati ya watanzania waliokwisha kutoa jasho, kushinda njaa na kupata maumivu, ilimradi sekta ya riadha ililetee Taifa heshima kama waasisi wa mchezo wa riadha nchini walivyojitoa hapo awali kuliwakilisha Taifa letu vyema katika mashindano ya kimataifa.
Wilhelm amekuwa mfano katika harakati za kuboresha riadha toka hata kabla hajawa kiongozi katika riadha, mfano mzuri ni pale alipoamua kutembea umbali wa kutoka Bagamoyo hadi Ujiji kuhamasisha riadha hapa nchini, huku akiungwa mkono na wazalendo wachache wenye moyo na kiu ya kuboresha riadha nchini.

Lakini pia amekua ni muanzirishi wa Sokoine Mini Marathoni ambayo hufanyika Monduli Juu kwa hayati Edward Moringe Sokoine.

Sasa leo kupitia ukurasa wake wa Facebook, Katibu Mkuu Gidabuday ameonekana kudokeza matembezi mengine makubwa. Soma hapo chini alichoandika>>>

"Sasa nalianzisha #Dude - miaka 7 iliyopita nilitembea kwa miguu toka #Bagamoyo hadi #Ujiji, njiani niliungwa mkono na wachache sana.

Muda wowote kuanzia sasa ntalianzisha tena kwa madhumuni ya kuchangisha fedha za kujenga #Ofisi na #Kambi ya kudumu ya #RT."

Gidabuday aliendelea kufunguka>>> Kutembea umbali huo ni #Maumivu, #Risky, #Sacrifice nk. Kwa ajili ya uwekezaji wa Riadha ya leo na milele #Nitatembea.

Naamini wadau wa michezo, vyombo vya habari, viongozi na watanzania wote wataniunga mkono."

Safari hii ntaanzia #Ujiji hadi Dar VIA #Bagamoyo, nasubiria ruhusa ya serikali alafu #Mapinduzi ya Riadha yaanze, ni umbali wa zaidi ya klm 1300 kwa miguu 100%."
Endelea kufuatilia dondoo kibao za KITOFAUTI duniani kupitia blog yetu ya ASILI YETU TANZANIA. Pia subscribe You Tube account yetu kupata update kibao.

SIMBU Clocked 2:09:41 in IAAF World Championships London 2017



L-R, Coach Francis John, Secretary General Athletics Tanzania, and Alphonce Simbu .


Geoffrey Kirui won the 2017 world men’s marathon title – becoming Kenya’s fifth champion in the event - after winning a testing duel in the sun with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola over the four-loop course that began and ended on Tower Bridge, where he finished in 2:08:27.

In so doing, the 2017 Boston Marathon winner extended his country’s record as the most successful nation in the history of this event at the IAAF World Championships.

Tola, the Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and fastest in the field thanks to the 2:04:11 he recorded in winning this year’s Dubai Marathon, required medical treatment after struggling home in 2:09:49, just two seconds ahead of Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu, who clocked 2:09:41.

Home runner Callum Hawkins, who had featured intermittently in the lead through the first half of the race, finished strongly for fourth place in a personal best of 2:10:17.

Kenya’s Gideon Kipketer, who seemed set for bronze for much of the race, was fifth in 2:10:56, a place ahead of Italy's Daniele Meucci, given the same time, a personal best.

"This is the best moment of my career, easily,” said Kirui. “I am so happy to win the world title because it is my first time at these championships. This was the best course and the best crowd I have seen at a marathon.

"I was not expecting to be world champion. I feared the Ethiopian because he had such a fast time, so I just followed my plan to 35km and then felt my body to see how I was doing. Good for me it responded well.

"I was smart not to follow the Ethiopian. When he tried to take off, I knew I had to hit my target at 35km then I started to move.

"Winning this title has been my goal for so long. Now my goal will be to repeat it."

Simbu was also understandably jubilant. "I am very, very happy,” he said. “This was my focus. I thank God because he protected me, gave me power and strength. I think Tanzanians are over the moon now because this is a great day for us.

"It was a difficult race because everybody is fighting for this. The course has ups and downs and a lot of curves, it is not an easy one. I thought I could catch Kipketer after 35km. From the start I stayed in the first group, but when Tola, Kirui and Kipketer got away I felt that their pace was too fast for me. But you cannot know if you do not catch up with one of them later because a marathon race is very difficult.”

For Hawkins, it was a day of mixed emotions. "It was tough,” he said. “The support was crazy. Over the last 5km I couldn't even hear my own footsteps. It was pretty ridiculous out there but brilliant to come out in front of a home crowd.

"Maybe I left it a bit late and should have covered the big move at half-way a bit more, but I felt at the time it would have destroyed me had I done it.

"I think I was going okay to start and the others were sludging and slowing down. I'm pleased with fourth but I wanted that medal; you always do.”

Ethiopia have only won this race once – through Gezahegne Abera in Edmonton in 2001. But as the race reached its three-quarters point it looked as if Tola was going to double that record.

At the 30km mark, the leading pair of Tola and Kirui were 23 seconds clear of Kipketer, with the third Kenyan, Daniel Wanjiru, London Marathon winner here, 46 seconds adrift.

The Ethiopian then opened up a lead of about 20 metres, and Kirui’s demeanour seemed to indicate that the decisive moment had occurred. Not so.

The pace was clearly telling on the leader, who betrayed his tiredness as he twice failed to pick up a water bottle from a drinks stop before managing on a third attempt. Kirui, who had appeared to be wilting a few minutes earlier, renewed his challenge as the race reached the point where human frailty and strength reveal themselves in dramatic fashion. Such is the enduring fascination of the marathon event...

Kirui led Tola by a stride as they passed under the railway bridge for the fourth and final time. As they emerged, he had a decisive lead of about 20 metres, and never faltered from that point on.

Eritrea’s 2015 champion Ghirmay Ghebrselaasie was not here to defend his title, but his nation’s hopes were ably carried by Yohanes Ghebregergis, who was seventh in 2:12:07, one place above Wanjiru, who clocked 2:12:16.

Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ASU Track and Field busy weekend

Top: Sydney Gidabuday races in the 10,000-meter run. Courtesy photo by Pat Melgares
ALAMOSA – A majority of Adams State University student-athletes returned to action on Saturday to begin the outdoor season. The Grizzlies were active at the UNM Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational and the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival.

UNM Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational
Adams State braved the elements as cold and rainy conditions greeted the Grizzlies in Albuquerque for their outdoor season opener. Despite the unfavorable weather, the Grizzlies notched four event titles in a meet featuring NCAA Division I and Division II competition.

Malena Grover (4:48.81) ran to a women's 1500m crown as teammates Aden Alemu (4:53.69) and Cari Steen (4:58.62) placed second and third place, respectively.

Austin Anayna (1:53.95) won a title in the men's 800m and was closely followed by teammate Robert Guinn (1:55.10) who took second overall. Brecht Van Waes (15.83m) took home a title in the men's shot put as Sam Reid (15.28m) and Garrett Quintana (13.48m) finished fourth and seventh place, respectively.

The Adams State women's 4x100m relay team also ran to a title with a time of 47.53. Running in the event for ASU were Owekeika Watson, Dianna Johnson, Jessica Scherrer, and Sunayna Wahi. The group of Heather Shoats, Miranda Vigil, Aftynne Lujan, and Serena Canegan took sixth place in the 4x100m relay with a time of 52.73.

Sean Fontana (4:07.44) was the runner-up in the men's 1500m as Noel Prandoni (10:44.66) took third in the women's 3000m. Micah Ballantyne (11.40) clocked a fifth place mark in the men's 100m dash.
Augie Larranaga ran in two races on Saturday and took fourth in the 400m at 49.64 and fifth in the 200m with a time of 22.27. Wyatt Cunningham (23.48) also competed in the 200m and placed ninth overall.

In the women's long jump, Kiana Gomez (5.16m) finished in sixth as teammate Miranda Vigil (4.97m) took ninth.

A pair of Grizzlies represented ASU in the women's javelin led by a 10th place mark from Serena Canegan (27.07m) as Katherine Smith (26.09m) placed 12th. Two ASU women were also active in the shot put with Makenna Plott (9.30m) taking 12th and Breann Hawman (8.80m) taking 14th.
Jackson Roberts (9:25.53) finished 10th in the men's 3000m as Sid Samtaney (55.54) finished 15th in the men's 400m.

San Francisco State University Distance Carnival
Oliver Aitchison competed in the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival, taking first place in the men's 800m. The Adams State senior clocked a time of 1:48.99, setting a new meet record and beating out NCAA DII competitor David Ribich of Western Oregon.

When asked how he felt about his performance, Aitchison said "I did what I set out to do; I got the win and the national qualifier, so it was a good weekend. "The race started conservatively, with Aitchison coming through the first lap in 53 seconds and running patiently before kicking hard with 300m to go.

Aitchison's time is a Division II automatic qualifying mark and currently places him second on the national list for the 800m. The time is just shy of his personal best in the event (1:48.72), set in 2015.
Aitchison is now the third Grizzly to notch an automatic qualifying time during the outdoor season (Sydney Gidabuday & Kyle Masterson).

Sydney Gidabuday was the sole competitor for Adams State University in Friday's portion of the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival.

Gidabuday represented ASU extremely well, taking home the 10,000m title in a time of 29:08.28, an automatic qualifying mark. The time will place him second on the NCAA Division II national list in the event. Besting a field of over 90 athletes in three sections, Gidabuday broke the previous meet record by 33 seconds and finished ahead of competitors representing NCAA Division I and Division II universities, as well as NAIA and junior colleges.

Gidabuday is the second Grizzly to notch an automatic qualifying time in the event joining teammate Kyle Masterson who finished with a time of 29:10.59 at last weekend's Raleigh Relays. Masterson is currently ranked third nationally in the event.

In the race, Gidabuday took the lead after the first mile and was in clear control for the remainder of the event, before closing his last 400 meters in 58 seconds to put 10 seconds between himself and the second place finisher. After the race, he said "I felt great early on. I'm used to running shorter, more aggressive races, so getting out felt very comfortable."

ASU continues success in Pueblo
Adams State University's Track & Field teams continued their success over the weekend on Sunday, competing at the CSU-Pueblo Open. In a meet made up of mostly RMAC member universities, Grizzly athletes won three events and posted nine provisional qualifying marks.

Highlight performances by ASU student-athletes included the women's 5000m race, in which a sweep of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place by Sadie Baker (17:29.70), Kaylee Bogina (17:39.14), and Malena Grover (17:46.20) all garnered provisional national qualifying marks for the trio. In the men's 5000m, Chad Palmer took 2nd place, running 15:18.75.

Another strong run came from Jenna Thurman, who led the field in the women's 3000m steeplechase early to win in 10:36.71 and finish 29 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Thurman's time is a provisional qualifying mark. Thurman's teammates in the steeplechase included Eilish Flanagan (3rd place, 11:38.58), and Kailie Hartman (11th place, 12:29.68).

In the men's 3000m steeplechase, Jackson Sayler and Kale Adams competed well to claim provisional qualifying times. Sayler had a quick last lap to move from 4th place and finish in 2nd, running 9:12.98. Kale Adams finished in 4th, running 9:18.37, while teammate Joey Tressler rounded out the ASU steeplechase athletes placing 8th in 10:49.07.

A win and a provisional qualifier came from Roisin Flanagan in the women's 800m. Flanagan ran 2:10.18. Teammate Cari Steen placed 5th running 2:15.75, and Leanne Allen placed 16th running 2:30.60.

A large group of ASU men competed in 1500m race, led by Richard Powell in 2nd place (3:52.57), and Chandler Reid in a very close 3rd place (3:52.85); both earned provisional qualifying times. Other competitors were Lucio Ramirez (10th, 4:01.46), Joshua Joseph (12th, 4:04.66), Austin Speer (18th, 4:09.02), Kristoffer Mugrage (19th, 4:09.98), and Dan Goll (22nd, 4:36.08).

On the women's side in the 1500m, Carson Severson took 2nd place in 4:50.33 after leading much of her race.

Adams State was represented in the men's shot put by Garrett Quintana (6th, 13.83m) and Andrew Vigil (14th, 12.24m), and in the women's shot put by Makenna Plott (16th, 9.89m) and Breann Hawman (17th, 9.72m).

Aaron Kinnischitzke ran 24.60 in the men's 200m for 16th place. Sid Samtaney finished 23rd and Austen Velasquez 26th in the men's 400m, running 54.79 and 56.81, respectively.

The women's 4x400m relay rounded out the weekend of competition for the Grizzlies. Leanne Allen, Jenna Thurman, Roisin Flanagan, and Eilish Flanagan made up the ASU relay team, all after competing in other events. The women finished in 3rd place with a time of 3:54.48.
The Grizzlies return to action this weekend at the West Texas A&M Classic (4/7-8) and CU Invitational (4/8).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kampala 2017: Security assured for World Cross Country

Tanzania National Championships held in Moshi Kilimanjaro selected the strongest team since 1991 for Kampala games
Local organisers of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2017 have reiterated Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura’s assurance of security ahead of the event due in seven days.

IGP Kayihura’s call came in the wake of the murder of one his senior police officers, Andrew Felix Kaweesi on Friday.

The police spokesperson was killed by unknown gunmen together with his bodyguard and driver just outside his home in Kulambiro, in the suburbs of Kampala. He was on his way to work.

Police investigations are going on.

The local organizing committee of the upcoming World Cross Country event in Kampala said they were saddened by Kaweesi’s death, saying he was a “true sportsman”.

The committee said Kaweei, also director of human resource in the Police Force, had promised to ensure that he boosted the welfare of the police sports department during his first meeting with them on the eve of his death.

“Our sympathies go out to his family, Uganda Police Force and the entire country for the loss.”

The committee re-echoed Kayihura’s assurance of safety.

Gen Kayihura assured Ugandans and visitors, mostly those who are set to travel to Kampala for the World Cross Country Championships, which they are working around the clock to ensure that there is enough security.

All the security agents are working together to ensure that they provide all the security required to ensure a smooth world event and a memorable one.

It is the first time Uganda is hosting the global athletics event, due next Sunday (March 26) at Kololo Independence Grounds.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kampala set to host biggest IAAF World Cross Country Championships in more than a decade

The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf
With 10 days to go until the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017, final entry figures suggest it will be the biggest edition of the championships since 2006.
An expected 557 athletes from 60 teams are set to compete in the Ugandan capital on 26 March, surpassing the figures from the past six editions.

Those figures include the four athletes who are set to represent an Athlete Refugee Team in the mixed relay. Guided by team leader Tegla Loroupe, the squad includes Olympian Paulo Amotun Lokoro, who was part of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio last summer.

In total, 13 nations are set to contest the mixed relay, the latest innovation for the oldest IAAF World Athletics Series event. Each team comprises two men and two women, who will each run a two-kilometre circuit.

The IAAF Cross Country Permit series, spread across seven meetings from November 2016 to February 2017, has whetted the appetite for the forthcoming championships and many of the top performers on the circuit are set to compete in Kampala.

Aweke Ayalew, winner of the men’s races in Burgos and Seville, will be aiming to win Bahrain’s first individual medal at the World Cross, having earned a team bronze medal in 2015.

Senbere Teferei, also a winner in Burgos and Seville, will be joined on the Ethiopian team by Muktar Edris, winner of the Campaccio meeting earlier this year. Teenager Selemon Barega, who triumphed at the Cinque Mulini meeting at the end of January, is Ethiopia’s leading hope of a medal in the U20 men’s race.

Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich, who won convincingly in Alcobendas last November, will captain the host nation’s team, while Almond Blossom winner Irene Cheptai forms part of a strong Kenyan senior women’s squad.

Full race-by-race previews and entry lists will be published on the IAAF website next week.

IAAF
The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf
The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf
The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf
The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf
The anticipation surrounding the IAAF World Cross Country Championships is not restricted to host country Uganda, with a whopping 553 athletes having confirmed participation in the affair due March 26 in Kampala.
By way of comparison, this would make the Kampala affair the best attended Championships since the 2006 edition, held in Fukuoka Japan. Last year's event, held in the Chinese city of Guiyang, attracted 410 participants from 51 countries.
Sixty countries have confirmed participation in the 2017 race.
Hosts Uganda have registered a 32-strong ream that will be captained by 25 year-old Timothy Toroitich. The Benjamin Longiross coached runners have been in residential camp since early February and will be desperate to crown the campaign with gold in the senior competitions.
So far, so good.
It was the hope of the local organising committee (LOC) that the Championships would attract a large response and a foreign marketing firm was reportedly hired to promote the race oversees. The response suggests the promotion campaign was money well spent.
Of course, the LOC must now allocate more funds to cater for the accommodation, transport and safety of the athletes.
On Monday Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet revealed that sh980 million had already been paid to three hotels (Sheraton, Africana and Imperial Royale) where the athletes will be officially housed.
He explained, "That's the first payment to the hotels, more is on the way".
The cost of hosting the champ
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1448805/world-cross-country-biggest#sthash.HGpFG2wf.dpuf

Saturday, March 4, 2017

T&F | 22 Grizzlies Earn Trip To NCAA Indoor Championships

Championships to be held March 9-11 in Birmingham, Alabama

ALAMOSA, Colo. (March 1, 2017) – 22 individuals from Adams State University will showcase their talents at the 2017 Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 9-11 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The second-ranked Adams State men total 14 individual entries with sophomore Sydney Gidabuday slated to compete in three events (5000m, 3000m, DMR). The group of Oliver Aitchison (Mile & DMR), Austin Anaya (Mile & DMR), Tom Gifford (800m & DMR), and Kyle Masterson (5000m & 3000m) will each compete in two events.

The third-ranked Adams State women carry a field of 8 individual entries as junior Jenna Thurman (5000m, 3000m, & DMR) and senior Sunayna Wahi (60m, 200m, 4x400m relay) are entered in three events each. Leanne Allen (4x400m relay & DMR), Roisin Flanagan (Mile & DMR), Dianna Johnson (60m & 4x400m relay), and Jessica Scherrer (4x400m relay & DMR) are all slated to compete in two events.

Both programs were last active on Feb. 24-25 at the RMAC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Spearfish, South Dakota, with each program claiming a team title.

The championship meet will be held as part of the DII Festival at the CrossPlex in Birmingham. The indoor championships will be joined by the NCAA Division II National Championships for wrestling and men's and women's swimming.

For any future updates on ASU track & field, stay connected with www.asugrizzlies.com.
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

T&F | Adams State Runs To Four Top National Times On Saturday

Sydney Gidabuday during the 4x400m relay. Gidabuday also notched the fastest NCAA DII time in the 3000m on Saturday
ALAMOSA, Colo. (February 4, 2017) – It was a day of top national times for Adams State University on Saturday at the Grizzly-Buffalo Clash.
The Grizzlies secured four NCAA Division II top times with three of those meeting an automatic qualifying standard. Saturday's impressive feat was preceded by two top times on Friday by Ian Kerr in the men's 200m dash and the Adams State women's DMR team of Roisin Flanagan, Jessica Scherrer, Leanne Allen, and Jenna Thurman.

On Saturday, Sunayna Wahi's 60m dash preliminary time of 7.43 made her the NCAA DII leader while also serving as a provisional mark. The time also set a new meet record. Wahi followed with a first place time of 7.45 in the finals.

Jenna Thurman led the way in the women's 800m run with an automatic qualifying time of 2:10.72 to obliterate the previous High Altitude Training Center (HATC) and meet record. Thurman's time now serves as the top mark at the NCAA DII level.

  Jackson Sayler and Sydney Gidabuday also finished Saturday owning a top national time. Sayler accomplished this feat in the mile with an automatic qualifying time of 4:15.63. The mark also broke the HATC and meet record. The mile was a strong showing for ASU as Kale Adams (4:19.29) and Brian Glassey (4:24.33) finished second and third, respectively, with provisional times. With an automatic qualifying time of 8:28.60 in the 3000m, Gidabuday broke his own HATC and meet record from last year's Grizzly-Buffalo Clash.

In addition to the aforementioned standout times, the Grizzlies posted eight additional first-place marks on Saturday.

Tom Gifford continues to thrive in the men's 800m run as the junior posted a winning time, and meet record, of 1:54.85. Robert Guinn (1:55.44) and Jake Littlehales (1:55.58) placed second and third, respectively.

In the women's mile, Malena Grover took the crown at 5:18.07. Aden Alemu (5:19.24) and Kaylee Bogina (5:19.62) finished in second and third place. Sadie Baker ran to a provisional, and first-place, time of 10:34.67 in the women's 3000m.

The ASU men's DMR unit of Chandler Reid, Sean Fontana, Sayler, and Gidabuday took home first-place with a provisional time of 10:20.24. In the men's shot put, Jonathan Millar edged teammate Sam Reid for first place. Both notched a provisional as Millar posted a mark of 16.91m with Reid taking second place at 16.86m. Brecht Van Waes placed third with a provisional distance of 15.77m.

The ASU men's and women's 4x400m relay teams defeated their West Texas A&M counterpart on Saturday. The ASU men crossed the finish line in 3:31.41 to narrowly get past the Buffaloes who clocked a time of 3:31.75. The ASU women's relay squad finished in 3:56.12 for first. The race remained close until Jessica Scherrer's late kick as the anchor leg to push ASU ahead for good.

Micah Ballantyne obtained a provisional mark with a runner-up finish of 6.78 in the men's 60m dash as Maggie Carrico notched her first collegiate track win in the women's 400m dash exhibition. Carrico posted a time of 1:03.25.

The meet concluded with the ASU men defeating West Texas A&M, 73-57. However, the West Texas A&M women left the HATC with a 72-58 win over the ASU women. Combined team scores resulted in a narrow 131-129 win for Adams State.

The Grizzlies remain home next weekend for the Adams State NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 11th. Action is scheduled to begin at 10am. Click here for a meet schedule.

For any future updates on ASU track & field, stay connected with www.asugrizzlies.com 


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Dibaba breaks world 2000m record in Sabadell Spain

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia

World 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba added to her growing list of record-breaking achievements by breaking the world 2000m record* at the Miting Internacional de Catalunya in the Spanish city of Sabadell on Tuesday (7).
The three-time world indoor champion overtook the pacemaker just before the half-way mark, which was reached in 2:42.65, and continued to extend her lead over her younger sister Anna and Morocco’s Siham Hilali.
She went on to stop the clock at 5:23.75, taking almost seven seconds off the world indoor best set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998. Although the 2000m isn't an official world record event indoors, Dibaba’s performance – pending ratification – can be classed as an outright world record as it is faster than Sonia O’Sullivan’s outdoor mark of 5:25.36.
As well as the outdoor 1500m world record, Dibaba now owns the fastest ever recorded times indoors for the 1500m, mile, 2000m, 3000m, two miles and 5000m.
Elsewhere in Sabadell, European champion Adam Kszczot won the 800m in 1:46.31 with Spanish record-holder Kevin Lopez taking second place in 1:46.58.
European 5000m silver medallist Adel Mechaal was a convincing winner of the 3000m, clocking 7:48.39 to finish more than two seconds ahead of Italy’s Marouan Razine.
Source: Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF
 
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu and Kitur take the honours at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017


Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu crosses the finish line in 2.09.32 seconds to win the overall men’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.

Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu and Kenya’s Bornes Kitur triumphed at the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 on Sunday, winning in 2:09:32 and 2:29:02 respectively to take home first prize cheques of USD$42,000.

It was a close finish for the Indian men at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon this year with the finalists neck to neck till the 30 km mark. Sprinting across the finish line, Kheta Ram came in first, clinching the title with a timing of 2:19:51.

Close on his heels was Bahadur Singh Dhoni who clocked his personal best and came in second with a timing of 2:19:57 and T H Luwang from Manipur who placed third with 2:21:19.

Racing across the finish line for the Indian elite women was Jyoti Gawte from Maharashtra who was confident in her abilities from the start and finished with a timing of 2:50:53. Next across was Shyamali Sing from West Bengal who practiced for only 15 days prior to the race as she wasn't well but pushed to compete and finished with a timing of 3:08:41. Coming in third was first timer in the elites Jigmet Dolma who broke her personal best to get to a podium finish with a timing of 3:14:38.
The Indian Full Marathon Men’s winners of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017, Bahadur Singh Dhoni (1st runner up), Winner Olympian Kheta Ram and T H Sanjith Luwang (2nd runner up) along with International Event Ambassador David Rudisha, AFI President and Minister youth & Sports Vinod Tawde.

The Half Marathon which flagged off from the Worli Seaface promenade saw race favorites Lakshmanan G win the men’s title (1:05:05) and Monika Athare (1:19:13) confidently winning the women’s titles respectively. Tamil Nadu lad Lakshmanan

enjoyed the cool weather, and had just returned from a training camp in Bengaluru where he was training since November. For Athare, this is her 5th title this season having won in Bhopal, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Vasai-Virar.
Kenya’s Bornes Kitur crosses the finish line in 2.29.02 seconds to win the overall women’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.

Face of the SCMM John Abraham was present at the start line, cheering on all participants as they raced to a great start. The Bollywood fraternity was represented by Juhi Chawla for Clean Mumbai Foundation, politician Priya Dutt and actress Tara Sharma and Sonali Bendre, chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Tina Ambani who cheered on all participants and motivated them to run a better race. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis graced the event along with Vijay Goel, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India

India Inc. was represented by many CEOs as has been seen over the years. Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director Of Mahindra Group, Anil Ambani, V Vaidyanathan, CEO of Capital First and Co- Founders of Mint Walk, Nikhil Banerjee and Shiv Nandan Negi, Gagan Banga of Indiabulls are among scores of other CXOs who were present in their race gear.

Simbu, fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, confirmed his rising status in the world of marathon running by hitting the front with 800 metres to go and sprinting away for victory after a duel over the last five kilometres with Kenyan surprise package Joshua Kipkorir.

After a large group of 13 had passed through the halfway point in 1:04:49 the pace stayed steady to 30km, with the predicted finishing time remained close to 2:10:00, and seven men were still in the leading group at that point.

However, Kipkorir almost immediately injected a change of pace and quickly broke up the pack.

By 35km, Simbu was his only remaining rival. Kipkorir continued to push the pace with Simbu resolutely staying tucked behind him all the way, much to the Kenyan´s frustration as he started to periodically zig-zag across the road from 38km in an attempt to encourage Simbu to the fore.

However, with two kilometres to go, Kipkorir started to look visibly tired while the slighter figure of Simbu was noticeably far more relaxed and seemingly just waiting for his moment to strike.

When Simbu finally swung past his rival just inside the final kilometre immediately it was obvious he was going to clinch his first international win since 2012.

“I got my tactics from my coach, he said: ‘Use your brain, you don’t have to always lead’ reflected Simbu, explaining his race plan which led to him equalling the second-fastest winning time in the history of the race.

“I prepared well so I didn’t fear anything, whether we were running on the hills or on the flat. This course has some hills and quite a lot of turns so I didn’t break my personal best (of 2:09:19) but what was important today was my position.”

Kipkorir finished second in 2:09:50, taking more than three minutes off his previous best of 2:13:25; third was Kenya’s

Eliud Barngetuny in 2:10:39, a personal best by five seconds.

Kenya’s Levy Matebo, the fastest man in the race and one of the pre-race favourites, was one of the victims of his compatriot’s surge just after 30km and drifted back to eventually finish eighth in 2:13:05.

By contrast to the thrilling two-man battle over the final kilometres seven kilometres, Kitur stamped her authority on the women's race soon the halfway point and ran the majority of the second half on her own.

Four women, including Kitur, passed the halfway point in 1:14:03 but the 21-year-old Kenyan had opened up around a minute

lead by 30km and kept on extending her advantage over the remainder of the race.

“I was confident I could win because I knew the course after finishing second last year,” commented Kitur.

Ethiopian runners took the next two places behind Kitur, albeit at quite a distance.

Chaltu Tafa was more than four minutes in arrears but took second in 2:33:03 while Tigist Girma was third in 2:33:19.

Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash, the pre-race favourite and fastest women on the start line as well as being the 2014 and 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon winner, started to struggle just before the halfway point and finished a disappointing fifth in 2:36:44.

Promoted by Procam International, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon is one of the largest sporting events in Asia and

India's biggest platform for charity.

With total prize monies of $387,000, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 is India’s richest road race. A full prize list can be seen here.

In addition, there were four other associated races on Sunday morning and an over 42,000 runners took to the streets of Mumbai in what has become an annual event on the third Sunday of January.

Following are the Provisional Results:

(Overall Full Marathon Elite Men): Alphonce Simbu (TAN) 02:09:32;

Joshua Kipkorir (KEN) 02:09:50; Eliud Barngetuny (KEN) 02:10:39;

Jacob Chesari (KEN) 02:11:36; Bonsa Dida (ETH) 02:11:55; Samuel

Mwanki (KEN) 02:12:26; Seboka Dibaba (ETH)02:12:37; Levy Matebo (KEN) 02:13:37;

Alex Saekwo (KEN) 02:13:16; Alfonce Kigen (KEN) 02:13:42

(Overall Full Marathon Elite Women): Bornes Kitur (KEN) 02:29:02;

Chaltu Tafa (ETH) 02:33:03; Tigist Girma (ETH) 02:33:19; Magdalena

Shauri (TAN) 02:34:51; Dinkesh Mekash (ETH) 02:36:44; Chaltu Chimdesa

(ETH) 02:36:45; Derbe Godana (ETH) 02:39:40; Mesirak Debilu (ETH) 02:46:30;

Jyoti Gawte (IND) 02:50:53; Niluka Rajasekara (SRI) 03:05:31

(Overall Full Marathon Indian Men): Kheta Ram 02:19:51;

Bahadur Singh Dhoni 02:19:57; T H Sanjith 02:21:19; Elam Singh02:21:27;

Rahul Kumar Pal 02:21:43

(Overall Full Marathon Indian Women): Jyoti Gawte 02:50:53;

Shwamali Sing 03:08:41; Jigmet Dolma 03:14:38

(Indian Half Marathon Men): Lakshmanan G 01:05:05; Sachin

Patil 01:06:22; Deepak Kumbhar 01:06:28

(Indian Half Marathon Women): Monika Athare 01:19:13;

Minakshi Patil 01:20:53; Anuradha Singh 01:25:20

JABONG Run in Costume:

1st Being US-Mitesh Shah & Group (Theme-No Smoking)

2nd Shrimad Rajchandra Love n Care (Theme-Free Life)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Athletics Body to Move Its Haedquarters to Dodoma

Left, Secretary General (AT) Wilhelm Gidabuday and the Former New York City Marathon Champion, Juma Ikangaa. Picture by Gadiola Emanuel.



By Zephania Ubwani

Arusha — Athletics Tanzania (AT) may be the first national sports association to shift its head offices from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital Dodoma, according to its recently elected secretary general, Wilhelm Gidabuday.

The body is already in contact with the Capital Development Authority (CDA), a government institution in charge of infrastructure development in Dodoma, to secure a plot for construction of its headquarters. "We need a plot for our permanent home. After securing it, we will apply for a grant to meet the cost of construction," he told The Citizen here on Monday during an interview on a wide range of issues

He said AT president Anthony Mtaka, who doubles as the Simiyu regional commissioner, has been in touch with CDA officials over the issue.

"After getting the plot, we will seek a title deed we will use as collateral to secure a loan for the project," he said, noting that they will approach the social security institutions for financial support.

Gidabuday, a former national athlete and until recently, a coordinator of various athletics promotion programmes, was elected the new AT secretary general early this month.

He succeeded Suleiman Nyambui who is now an athletics coach in Brunei, a South East Asia sultanate.

He said he would address the major challenges facing the association, including lack of office accommodation that merits its status, working equipment and competent staff for its secretariat.

"We need a modern, spacious and well equipped office which will suffice all our administrative needs," he said, noting that AT, which is one of the oldest sports associations in the country, currently does not have an office that meets its requirements.

"Presently, I can dare say, we have no clear office. There is a room near the Uhuru Stadium, but it's in poor shape," he said, adding that he would fight for a comfortable office space in Dar es Salaam before the Dodoma project is realised.

The long-term plan is to construct the multi-purpose building in Dodoma which will be known as Riadha Tanzania House. Besides serving as the permanent home for AT, some rooms would be rented out to other institutions.

However, Gidabuday insisted that their dreams for a permanent home would depend on support from the government, especially the ministry responsible for sports, CDA, the National Sports Council (NSC) as well as the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), a governing body for the athletics in the world headquartered in Monaco.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ethiopia: 'The Blood Flowing in Oromia Is Our Blood Too' - Why Oromo-Amhara Solidarity Is the Greatest Threat to the Ethiopian Government

Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters Media Express
For decades, the ruling party has governed by pitting the Oromo and Amhara against one another. Now the two groups are joining forces against the government. "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen," said Lenin, describing the Bolshevik revolution. For Ethiopia, the start of August 2016 saw such a week - one that will go down in Ethiopian history as a moment in which a grassroots movement achieved in days what organised elites have not been able to achieve in two decades.
In that week, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in unprecedented numbers to protest against decades of abuse, discrimination, and marginalisation. This was the culmination of a wave of protests that began nearly ten months ago and has since continued in Amhara and Oromia, two of the country's most populous regions.

The government responded by dismissing the protesters as agents of foreign forces directed from Eritrea and Egypt, and it deployed armed forced into civilian centres, leading to the deaths of over 600 people, according to estimates, and the arrests of many more. Despite this disproportionate and excessive force, however, protests and strikes have endured, with a movement of movements mobilising a new generation, tapping into a groundswell of shared discontent. At the heart of this activism is a burgeoning solidarity between the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, who make up around two-thirds of the country's population combined and have begun to come together despite longstanding historical differences.


This convergence has alarmed the government, but how far can collective action based on shared grievances rather than a coherent set of shared ideals and visions go?

Divide and rule

Ethiopia is an assemblage of diverse ethnic and cultural groups. But historically, up to around the 1970s, 'Greater Ethiopia' pursued a policy of ethnic homogenisation in which Amhara identity became the identity par excellence, pushing others to the periphery. In particular, the Oromos, the country's largest ethno-national group, were not treated as equal partners and did not have influence commensurate with their demographic, geographic, and economic contribution. These asymmetries helped fuel the historic antagonism between the two groups. 

Since coming to power in 1991, the current government - led by the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - has instrumentalised this rivalry as a political weapon. It has created a governing narrative in which Amharas and Oromos are eternal adversaries, representing an existential threat to the future of the Ethiopian state and stability of the region. Oromos are framed as secessionists who represent a clear and present danger to the unity and sovereignty of Ethiopia, while the Amharas are presented as chauvinist and violent, working towards the resurrection and re-imposition of the old Medieval-type empire. Within this narrative frame, the ruling party, dominated by ethnic Tigrayan elites, becomes a beacon of stability and unity in diversity.

"The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too"

For 25 years, the ruling party has relied on these myths to sow the seeds of division. But this is now beginning to unravel. The violent response of the ruling party to both the Amhara and Oromo protests has brought into sharp focus the shared vulnerability of the oppressed in Ethiopia. The mutual experience of loss and suffering has generated intense collective emotions, exposing the porous nature of the faultlines that both divide and unite the two communities.

As the violence of the state has intensified, former arch-foes have set aside their mutual rivalry to congregate and endure with one another. An extraordinary groundswell of solidarity is emerging at all levels, exposing the shaky foundation of the regime. "We are all Oromos", "I am not Oromo but I stand with my Oromo brothers", "Amhara is ours, Oromo is ours", "The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too" are just some of the many expressions of solidarity declared at rallies. 

These are not just words, but actions that exist as words, actions that threaten to unsettle the myths that hold together the ideological edifice of the system. They are words that go beyond the repressive and divisive discourses of the state to create conditions for a collective politics and new forms of alliances. They are gestures that seek to imagine a different kind of world.

At the same time, Oromo and Amhara protestors have also begun to hold solidarity rallies together, flying their respective flags - both symbols of resistance - alongside one another. No collective action is more destabilising to the narrative of the state than the joint appearance of these two symbols, which entered the country's political imagination as antithetical and irreconcilable.

A regime that seemed invincible has begun to tremble at this sight, with officials expressing their disgust and fury at these two symbols of resistance being presented together. For instance, Government Communications Minister Getachew Reda expressed his outrage at the alliance between Oromos and Amharas and his government's determination to destroy it, describing it as "unholy" and a "gamble".

Dilemmas of unity

While politically significant, however, the solidarity we are currently seeing is not based on a shared vision so much as shared grievances. Oromo and Amhara elites have been at an impasse in discussions for the last two decades and have not been able to build up mutual trust to confront contentious issues of historical and political significance.

While mainstream Amhara politicians insist on national unity as a condition for collaboration, Oromo nationalists reject these demands on the basis that there is not yet a shared set of democratic values, principles and ideals that could 'unite' the two groups. They insist that any values that are shared between the groups did not emerge out of a relationship of equality and therefore should not be the starting point for a new vision.

This lack of consensus may seem like a weakness, but it is crucial to note that these long-standing historical disagreements do not need to be definitively resolved in order for the two groups to come together to chart the best route for the future. In fact, the arduous task of coming to terms with a contested past requires a robust and inclusive debate that can only happen within a democratic state capable of reconciling social conflicts according to shared rules.

However, to create this democratic platform, the Ethiopian people must first be released from the weight of oppression imposed by Tigrean elites. And neither Oromos nor Amharas need surrender their identities to pursue this goal. In fact, in multi-ethnic countries like Ethiopia where identities are co-opted by the powers that be, those same identities become the very crucibles that provide the energy and passion for the struggle.
Solidarity is not about oneness, but building cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, respect and acceptance of differences. Accordingly then, Oromos and Amharas are increasingly accepting solidarity, not unity, as the principle underpinning their collective actions.

Contrary to some fears, there is great strength in these weak ties, and this emerging solidarity - incipient and precarious as it is - represents the greatest threat to the regime's long-standing policy of divide and rule.

Source: All Africa.com

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wadau wanavyosaka dawa michezo kuporomoka

Waziri Nape Nnauye alifungua rasmi kongamano hilo jana - Kibaha
KWA miaka mingi Tanzania imekuwa ikifanya vibaya katika michezo mbalimbali kimataifa na kuifanya kutowika tena licha ya huko nyuma kung’ara. Kuanzia soka, riadha, ngumi, baiskeli, netiboli, mpira wa mikono na michezo mingine kibao, huko nyuma ilikuwa ikifanya vizuri, lakini sasa hakuna kitu.

Kutokana na kuchemsha huko katika michezo mbalimbali, Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania (TOC) kwa siku mbili (jana na leo), imeamua kuendesha kongamano la kujadili michezo kutafuta dawa ya gonjwa hilo.
Kongamano la Michezo Kongamano hilo la aina yake ambalo linamalizika leo katika shule za Filbert Bayi, Mkuza Kibaha, mkoani Pwani kwa siku mbili linajadili matatizo na nini kifanyike ili kuirejesha Tanzania katika mafanikio ya huko nyuma, ambako ilifanya vizuri katika michezo.

Mara nyingi timu zetu zinaposhiriki mashindano ya kimataifa na kurudi nyumbani mikono mitupu, wadau wengi wamekuwa wakizinyooshea vidole bila ya kutoa suluhisho la nini kifanyike ili kufanya vizuri.
Kila mtu amekuwa akilaumu hata yule ambaye hana mchango wowote katika maendeleo ya michezo hapa nchini au kutosaidia kuchangia chochote katika michezo, lakini ndio huwa wa kwanza kuchonga.

Wadau pia wamekuwa wakilaumu wachezaji, vyama au mashirikisho ya mchezo husika, TOC, Baraza la Michezo Tanzania (BMT) pamoja na wizara inayohusika na michezo pale timu zetu zinapochemsha katika michezo ya kimataifa wakati majirani zetu wakifanya vizuri.

Maeneo muhimu sana Baadhi ya vitu ambavyo jana na leo vilikuwa vikijadiliwa na baadaye kupatiwa ufumbuzi ni pamoja na sababu za kuanguka kwa michezo nchini na nini kifanyike ili kuliondoa hilo. Umuhimu wa kuwepo kwa sera ya taifa ya michezo, jukumu la Serikali katika kusaidia na kuhamasisha michezo na ujengwaji wa kituo cha michezo.

Kuifanya michezo kuvutia zaidi wanawake na kuwa sehemu salama kwa jinsi hiyo. Umuhimu wa vituo vya mazoezi na michezo, vyuo vya michezo na maendeleo ya michezo hapa nchini kwa ujumla.
Kuangalia fursa za kibiashara katika michezo, hasa kuangalia jinsi sekta binafsi na zile za umma zinavyoweza kusaidia michezo kwa njia moja au nyingine. Sababu kuporomoka michezo Katibu Mkuu wa Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania (TOC), Filbert Bayi anasema kuwa lengo na kongamano hilo ni kujadili tulikotoka, tuliko na tunakokwenda katika michezo.

Tathmini ya Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania ni kwamba baadhi ya Vyama/Mashirikisho ya michezo baadhi yao sio hai kwa maana ya:- Kutofanya uchaguzi kwa muda mrefu kwa kuzingatia Katiba zao, kutokuwa na viongozi halali, kutofanya au kuandaa Mashindano ya Kitaifa au kushiriki Kimataifa.

Sababu nyingine ni kutolipa ada ya Chama/Shiriisho lao la Bara na Dunia. Mafanikio ya nyuma Tanzania ilifanya vizuri katika Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Moscow, Urusi mwaka 1980 wakati Filbert Bayi na Suleiman Nyambui walipomaliza katika nafasi ya tatu katika mbio za meta 3,000 kuruka viunzi na maji na meta 5,000. Mbali na Olimpiki, Tanzania pia ilivuma sana katika Michezo ya Jumuiya ya Madola kwa kutwaa medali hadi za dhahabu katika michezo ya riadha na ngumi.

Na wanariadha kama akina Juma Ikangaa pamoja na kutotwaa medali katika Michezo ya Olimpiki, lakini alifanya vizuri mara mbili kwa kumaliza mbio za marathon ndani ya 10 bora, Mfano mwaka 1984 wakati wa Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Los Angeles, Marekani Ikangaa alimaliza katika nafasi ya sita.

Mwaka 1988 Ikangaa alishiriki Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Seoul, Korea ya Kusini na kumaliza katika nafasi ya saba. Tangu wakati huo hadi mwaka huu katika Michezo ya Olimpiki ya Rio 2016, Brazil, Alphonce Simbu aliweza kumaliza wa tano katika marathon.

Timu ya taifa ya soka, Taifa Stars, nayo iliwika katika soka la Afrika baada ya kufuzu katika fainali za mwaka 1980 zilipochezwa jijini Lagos, Nigeria. Lakini miaka ilivyozidi kwenda ndio nchi yetu imezidi kuporomoka kimichezo badala ya kupanda.

Source: Habarileo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ted Banks, legendary UTEP track and field coach, dead at 82

Ted Banks (Theodore Banks) was perhaps the most controversial but successful Track & Field Coach in America
EL PASO, Texas -
Published On: Aug 26 2016 12:57:27 PM CDT   
 
Ted Banks, who led the UTEP men's track & field and cross country teams to a combined 17 national titles, passed away at his home in Gunter, Texas Thursday night, said Jeff Darby with the University of Texas at El Paso.
Banks was 82 years old. He led the UTEP men's track and field and cross country teams from 1972 to 1981.
"Ted Banks was one of the most successful cross country and track coaches in NCAA history," said UTEP track & field coach Mika Laaksonen.  "His tenure at UTEP is unmatched with achievement by any other coach."

"He was at the forefront of track and field coaches when he was here at UTEP and certainly determined the direction that we took in distance running in this country," said former UTEP coach Bob Kitchens.  "He was an exceptional coach.  He is the history of this program."

Banks was a member of UTEP's initial Athletic Hall of Fame induction class in 2002.
He was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
His stint at UTEP also produced 47 NCAA individual champions, 189 All-Americans, 27 Western Athletic Conference men’s team titles (six outdoor track & field, eight indoor track & field, nine cross country) and 152 WAC individual champions.

 Banks is survived by his wife Judy; his children Jennifer, Ted and Tom; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Jade Nix. Hunter Nix played football at UTEP from 2011-13.

Source: KVIA

NB: Ted Banks means more than just a coach to me, he is my American Father.

By Gidabuday

@gidabudays

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo
The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana.
Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.
"These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city," said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.
"Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life."
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
Women's hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals - their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.
Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain's final medal of Rio 2016 - a silver - as they finished second in the medal table to the United States,ahead of China.

What happened?

  • The Maracana was turned into a street carnival as the ceremony celebrated Brazil's art, music and dance.
  • Highlights included human formations of iconic Rio landmarks Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • The Olympic flame was extinguished by a rain shower, which then gave life to a large tree sculpture to symbolise rebirth.
  • The Rio carnival anthem 'Cidade Maravilhosa' played as the party reached a crescendo.
  • Brazilian model Izabel Goulart led a parade of 50 women and 200 dancers, who were joined by a sound truck containing 12 carnival queens.
  • The ceremony concluded with a confetti and firework show.
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