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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Commonwealth Games-bound team likely to leave early

Filbert Bayi, Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General
Commonwealth Games team is most likely to board flight to Glasgow earlier than planned to avoid eleventh-hour reservations disappointment as confirmed by Tanzania Olympics Committee (TOC) secretary general Filbert Bayi in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Bayi said his association initially scheduled the team to board a flight on July 20, but the new plan indicates that July 16 is the alternative flight date.

He said the decision to leave the country early has been reached as a result of Emirates airlines flights for July 20, 19, 18 and 17 are fully booked.

Bayi said there is no way they would have booked another airliner as Emirates has reasonable tariffs and are one of the sponsors of this year Commonwealth Games.
He said on its return home they will board a coach from Scotland to Newcastle City where they will board a plane to Dar es Salaam.

‘We will possibly board a flight on July 16 and not fly directly to Scotland as it was previously announced, we will board a plane via Dubai. All planes are booked up to August 8, it will be very costly as the Sport village will be closed on August 6. We will have no choice but to board a bus to Newcastle where we will get a flight to Dar es Salaam.’ he said.

He said the team is expected to arrive in Glasgow on early hours of July 18 and go straight to the Games’ Village where they will be training a head of the showdown.

The TOC official said they have managed to book air tickets for 26 athletes who will represent the country at the Games and ten officials who will accompany the team.
Meanwhile, the government said it cannot say if the promised eleven additional or not.

Director of sports in the Ministry for information, Culture, Youth and Sports Leonard Thadeo in an interview said the government will make its stand known on the athletes after the arrival of athletes who were training outside the country on sports diplomacy program.

He said the government first wants to assess the athletes who were training abroad ahead of the Games before deciding over on the eleven additional athletes.

‘Today (yesterday) I am not in a position to say anything concerning the additional athletes which we promised to send them to Scotland, you know the largest number of our athletes who were abroad on government sponsorship will be back tomorrow (today) call me on Saturday or Monday , I will be ready with answers,’ he said .

Thadeo comment comes after TOC said it is not involved in processing the travel reservations of the eleven additional athletes.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN