Monday, April 7, 2008

Plan Ahead for Olympic Torch in Dar es Salaam

71 to hold Olympic torch

The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) has selected 71 dignitaries, sportsmen and women to carry the Olympic Torch set to arrive in Dar es Salaam on April 12, the body's secretary Filbert Bayi said yesterday. Forty-six of the 71 people have been selected in recognition of their remarkable contribution to sports development in the country.

These include Information, Culture and Sports deputy minister Joel Bendera; Ambassador Mirisho Sarakikya;

Union Affairs minister Seif Khatib; former Taifa Stars coach Syllersaid Mziray; Athletics Tanzania secretary general Suleiman Nyambui; a former amateur boxing coach Habib Kinyogoli and Tommy Sithole, an official with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Others are Anna Bayi- chairperson of the Tanzania Amateur Netball Association (Chaneta), and renowned international runners Lwiza John and Juma Ikangaa.

Also included in the half marathon race are UN's executive director of Habitat Anna Tibaijuka; IPP chairman Reginald Mengi; and lady musician Judith Wambura a.k.a Lady Jay Dee.

The Olympic Torch will be arriving from Buenos Aires, and Coca Cola Tanzania has already injected Sh300 million to facilitate pre-arrival celebrations. Dar es Salaam is the only African city chosen alongside other 21 worldwide, for the colourful ceremony that precedes the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The total distance to be covered globally will be 137,000 kilometres.

Other cities are Beijing, Almaty, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Paris,San Francisco , Buenos Aires, Muscat , Islamabad , Mumbai (India), Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur , Jakarta , Canberra , Nagano, Seoul, Pyongyang , Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong and Macau.

In Dar es Salaam, delegates will carry the torch for five kilometres, starting from Tazara to the new sports complex in Temeke.

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