Tanzanian 1,500 metres world champion, Filbert Bayi, has been in training for forthcoming competitions, despite the fact that his planned tour of New Zealand may be off.
GV Bayi (left) running along track with other athletes
GV PAN Bayi in dark suit training with other athletes
GV Other runners training
SV Bayi doing exercises (5 shots)
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Background: Tanzanian 1,500 metres world champion, Filbert Bayi, has been in training for forthcoming competitions, despite the fact that his planned tour of New Zealand may be off.
Bayi was due to travel to New Zealand for meetings which would include a race against the world mile champion, John Walker.
His tour is now in jeopardy because of a possible tour of New Zealand by a South African softball team. The Tanzanian Government had told Bayi to stop preparations for the visit until it was clear whether the South African team's visit was definitely on.
New Zealand had previously suspended and discouraged all sporting contacts with South Africa, but the newly elected National Party Government has indicated that it may renew the contacts.
Meanwhile Bayi continues his training at the Dar Es Salaam National Stadium. He has received several other invitations to compete in competitions, including ones from italy and the United States, and these have been accepted.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzania's fifteen hundred metre world record holder, Filbert Bayi, is in training for a series of competitions throughout the world. He is seen here in the dark track suit, training with other athletes at the Dar Es Salaam national stadium. Bayi was due to travel to New Zealand later this month for a series of races, but his tour is now in jeopardy. One of Bayi's opponents in New Zealand was to have been the world mile record holder, john Walker.
But the Tanzanian Government has ordered Bayi to stop preparations for the visit because of a possible tour of New Zealand by a South African softball team. A statement said Tanzania had welcomed New Zealand's stand in severing all sporting contact with South Africa. The newly elected National Party Government has indicated that it may renew the contacts and until this is decided the Bayi tour is off. Meanwhile, Bayi has plans to compete in both Italy and the United States in the near future.