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Sunday, February 01, 2009

EDITORIAL: Darts deserves to be promoted

DARTS lovers from all over the country had a memorable opportunity to wallow in the limelight when the Tanzania Darts Championships took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

The championships involved Arusha, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mara, Mbeya, Morogoro, Tanga and hosts Dar es Salaam in which the hosts emerged overall champions after excelling in both singles and club events.

Darts enthusiasts indeed had every reason to feel proud during the event as the sport had been languishing in oblivion for years.

We feel the championships should now serve as a launch pad for effective promotion of darts all over the country in an effort to make Tanzania a powerhouse in East Africa to start with.

Darts has all along been seen as a mere leisure activity but efforts should now be done to change the perception for the benefit of its players and the country.

The fact that darts venues are mostly situated in drinking joints and other entertainment spots has strengthened people’s belief that it is a sport reserved for entertainment spots’ revellers but darts is in fact a sport that hardly differs from the rest of the well-known sports disciplines.

The number of participating regions in the championships reveals the increasing interest in the sport at the local level thus we hope efforts to promote the sport countrywide would meet the desired goals smoothly.

We congratulate Tanzania Darts Association for managing to attract the support of Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) and we hope more firms and individuals will offer support so that more tournaments can be organized in future.

Tanzania Darts Championships was the first tournament in as many years and we would like to see more competitions being organized to generate interest in the sport among local youngsters.

TADA has a duty to see to it that darts is transformed from a mere leisure activity to a sport that can bring honours to the country at the international level.

The beauty of darts is that it is not as expensive as other indoor sports when it comes to equipment and, for that matter, the sport’s enthusiasts could smoothly promote it given that its equipment are sold at affordable prices.

Playing darts will also have an added advantage to local youngsters as it boosts simple mathematical ability -- given that the sport deals with numbers.

We, therefore, hope the sport will be spread to schools where young talents will be tapped and developed.

We need to make Tanzania a successful sporting nation in all disciplines, including darts.
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