It seems like Tanzania is fighting hard to have the country’s presence felt in the forthcoming two future Olympics Games as far as the Martial Arts sporting segment is concerned.
The Arusha-based National Taekwondo Federation has launched special sports project to recruit, train and prepare young martial artists so that they may participate in the 2024 Olympics in France, as well as the 2028 Olympics in the United States.
A rather ambitious and long-term plan but to achieve that, young martial artists are already being singled out for training sessions in schools specially for that future milestone.
So, what boils here is that the Tanzania Taekwondo Federation (TTF) has hatched new school oriented Martial Arts program through which martial arts training will be impacted to pupils of Public Primary Schools across the country ready for the impending two future Olympics Games abroad.
The President of the Tanzania Taekwondo Federation, Ramoudh Ally explained that the federation now targets young children in order to groom green martial artists to empower the youth for them to partake in the future international Taekwondo competitions.
“We are in talks with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as well as the Korean Embassy so that they may provide us with Taekwondo experts who will be training our trainer towards that objective; including initiating exchange products,” stated Ally.
Tanzania, according to Ally, has thus already started prepare a Taekwondo team which is to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games to be held in France and the artists are expected to be groomed right from Primary Schools now.
Also the TTF is also launching new special standardized Taekwondo Syllabus which now replaces all the old manuals. This new benchmark is in line with the World Taekwondo Federation latest requirements.
Later there will be the 2028 Olympics of Los Angeles, in the United States where again Tanzania wants to send the Taekwondo team, which means the participants need to be children aged 9 years now who will be 17 years by then.
Last year, a physically challenged student from Arusha flew to Rabat to participate in the African Taekwondo and Para-Taekwondo Olympic qualification tournament for Tokyo 2020 Japan, taking place in Morocco.
The teenager, Samwel Kivuyo a Form Four student at Edmund Rice Secondary School was presented with the National Flag as he departed from Kilimanjaro International Airport, last year, accompanied by his trainer, Master Richard Kitolo who is also the technical director for Tanzania Taekwondo Federation.