PM ORDERS REFORMS IN SPORTS

The government has ordered reforms in the council try’s sports sector, while admitting to overhaul the 1967 sports policy, which stakeholders claim to be outdated.

In meeting with leaders of sports associations and members of National Sports Council (NSC) at the National Stadium 17th February, 2016, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the government is serious in its goals to make reforms in sports, one of the biggest employer’s years.

He said the government plans to hold meeting with sports association and stakeholders to review and draft new sports policy for it to adhere to professional urge. The existing sports policy of 1967 states that all sports in the country should be practiced at amateur level, contrary to the present reality when sports are employment and in generating sector.

In 2013, legislators demanded for an immediate review of the country’s review of the country’s sports policy, saying unless the document is updated, sports will remain stagnant in Tanzania.

Early in June 2011, the government declared that it was in final process to review its sports policy in a bid todevelop, promote and revive various sports in the country. The new policy will point the alternative way forward to develop sports at all levels.

The Tanzania Football Federation was among those needed to undergo reforms. The PM said the country’s soccer governing body, Tanzania Football Federation must restore electronic ticket since it complies with professional system practiced in the modern soccer.

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The system has been proven effective and efficient in putting in check gate collection pilferage, a practice that has triggered complaints from top flight clubs without exception. Tanzania Football Federation decided to part ways with system claiming its deployment encountered several shortcomings.

Premier Majaliwa insisted that restoration of electronic tickets is vital since by neglecting it, the federation will be clinging to the old system for ulterior motives.

The Premier also ordered the National Sports Council (NSC) to review constitutions of all registered sports associations, to see if they cope with modern day demand and technology. He said, there are several associations whose constitutions need amendments. He further ordered all municipal councils countrywide to set functional sports budgets.

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In another move, PM wondered to see the once effective Tanzania Football Coaches Association (TAFCA) turned dormant. He ordered its immediate revival and demanded the TFF to give them an office.  He said the absence of an organ to monitor and supervise coaches was dangerous to the development of sports.

Also attended the meeting were the minister for information, culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye, his deputy, AnastaziaWambura, the Ministry’s Permanent secretary Elisante Ole Gabriel and NSC Chairman, Dionis Malinzi and Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Said Meck Sadiki.

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