The government will rally behind the newly elected Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) leadership in its innate desire to propagate the growth of the swing sport in the country, National Sports Council (NSC) has underlined.
Speaking in Morogoro after presiding over the election of the new TGU team, NSC Chairman Dioniz Malizi said his institution will cooperate fully with TGU in the main responsibility of developing the game in the country.
The election coincided with the just ended 2015 edition of Tanzania Open Golf festival and saw long serving vice chairman Joseph Tango replacing Paul Mathsen as chairman, while Moshi golf captain Chris Martin was elected to the Vice chairman post.
Others rising to the national golf podium included secretary elect Dickson Sika of Morogoro Gymkhana, and Akil Yusufali who was named new TGU Treasurer.
And Malizi, a devoted golf player and enthusiast, minced no words, preaching over the importance of adhering to golf rules and regulations, saying the new team must ensure all clubs enact strong penalties for defaulters.
Malinzi said: “Yesterday (Saturday night), I presided over the election of a new and development oriented TGU team. On behalf of the government, the NSC is confident that the new team will take golf to another level.
I would like to state here that we will support every initiative towards growth of our game in the sole responsibility of developing the golf. Please keep us posted on your activities and I will personally rally government support.”
While lashing at defaulters of the game’s rules and regulations, Malinzi was full of praise for Morogoro Gymkhana golf management team saying other clubs should borrow a leaf so that the correct discipline is injected from all quarters.
“I was happy to witness players disqualified from the tournament for arriving late. This should be followed with a huge penalty so that we respect schedule to the letter.
For example, arriving late for an event is tantamount to a civil case and serious penalties should be meted to defaulters.”