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Holili athletes support Sokoine half marathon


Mr. Domician Genand / Photo by Asili Yetu Tanzania

 By Joseph Mchekadona

17th March 2014

Kilimanjaro-based Holili Youth Athletic Club yesterday donated 1,000 bibs to the forthcoming Edward Sokoine Mini Marathon which to be staged on April 12 in Monduli. The event is held to mark 30th anniversary since the death of the former prime minister.
One of the organisers of the event Wilhelm Gidabuday thanked the athletics club for the donation describing it as timely and wisely.

He said the bibs are good at any athletics event as they help to identify runners.
Gidabuday also urged companies, organisations and individuals to emulate a good example set by the club

“Bib numbers are good, it must be known that athletes at any event are known by bib numbers not names or faces. So as the organisers of the event we thank Holili Youth Athletic Club for this donation”, he said.

On his remarks Holili Youth Athletic Club director Domician Genand said his club thought it wise to help considering the importance of Sokoine mini marathon to Tanzanians.
He said on top of being a patriotic Tanzanian, the late Sokoine was also a sports lover hence the need to honor and remember him.

“We are very delighted to be involved in this marathon, the coming Sokoine mini Marathon will be held to remember him, it will also be the opportunity for our athletes to expose their talents”, he said.

Meanwhile, Gidabuday said currently 350 people have confirmed their participation at the event.

“We expect 1,000 people to compete at the event, 200 students, 100 experienced athletes and 50 retired athletes have confirmed to participate, we strongly believe that this will be a platform where young and unknown athletes will expose their talents. We are   discussing with   some athletics clubs from within and outside the country to send their scouts at the event so that they can appreciate the talents we have in the country”, he said.

Gidabuday said they expect a large number of junior athletes to compete at the event as they are good prizes earmarked for them.

He said some of the awards for junior athletes as learning materials and School Uniforms.
Some of the activities to be held at the event  besides marathon include javelin, Masai traditional dances, as well as a two kilometers race for seniors and juniors and also.

This is the second time in a row that sporting activities are being held on the day in memory of Sokoine.

Sokoine, born in 1938 in Monduli died in a road accident on 12 April 1984 at Dumila in Morogoro. 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN