East Africa: Athletes Eye Medal Sweep in EAC Military Games

Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) athletes have assured Tanzanians a medal haul in the 10th East African Community Military Games starting from August 5 to 18 in Rwanda.

The athletes made the promise to the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Davis Mwamunyange during the visit of the Director of Sports and Physical Fitness, Brigadier General Martin Busungu at their training camp at Sanu Baray in Manyara region.

They told the director that they won't let TPDF down following an intensive training at a camp in a remote village in Mbulu district. "We promise our President John Pombe Magufuli, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) and Tanzanians that we won't come back empty-handed, medal haul is our target this year," they said in their message to the sports director. Responding, General Busingu has urged them to fight bravery for their country and come back victorious.

"Train hard and come back with medals as you have promised," he said. Tanzania will field 12 athletes in this year's Games. 6 men and 6 ladies are tasked for a medal haul mission in Rwanda.

In Kigali, Rwanda has said it has finalised preparations for the 10th East Africa Community (EAC) Military Games and Cultural Event. The final preparations for this year's event, that will be held under the theme "One people One Destiny," are in high gear, according to the organisers.

Speaking at the final planning conference held in Kigali from July 11 to 15, Brigadier General Ferdinand Safari, the head of Rwandan delegation at the final planning conference, assured other EAC partner states delegates that Rwandan was making final touches to put together a memorable event.

More than 500 personnel from EAC partner states' defence forces are expected to participate in the 10th edition of the EAC Military Games and Cultural Event. Teams will compete in different sports disciplines including football, handball, netball, basketball and athletics.

The games will be held at three arenas in the capital Kigali. The EAC Military Games and Cultural Events are held on rotational basis in all EAC partner states. Members of the bloc include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and new comers South Sudan.

Source: Tanzania Daily News