- SA duo up for prestigious world awards
- SA youngsters aim for a repeat of 2014
- Health issues as South Africa play catch-up in India
- Team SA head off to Angola on Region 5 Games mission
- Mthembu puts SA back on podium… after 23 years!
- Reverse strategy puts Waschefort in front
- Debut Hawaii win for Jordy Smith
- Blitzboks skipper calls for improvement on home soil
- Runaway Test win for South Africa in India
- Olympian Stone pounces at Leopard Creek
In the CEO’s chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy
- Updated: May 12, 2010
Magazine No 5 is already here in our Road to London 2012 campaign. The first quarter of year two on the journey has come and is proceeding at a cracking pace.
SASCOC has important objectives to achieve this year and our main drive is the delivery of Team South Africa to three major multi-sport events at various times of the year.
Project teams are working feverishly on the delivery of Team South Africa to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Zone VI Games to Singapore, Delhi and Swaziland respectively.
It must also be noted that we have set strict selection criteria for each of these Games and we reiterate that we will not deviate from this process in any way whatsoever. In fact, I can tell you that most, if not all, National Federations have adopted a very positive attitude to this process and are working in full harmony with us.
While this is happening, other teams in the office are working on delivering the Commonwealth Youth Games and All Africa Games in 2011, Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and even the World Games in 2013.
Our support programmes for athletes are off the ground and the athletes and the National Federations are working at fever pitch to develop and prepare our medal prospects who are targeting our goal of 12 medals by 2012.
In the next quarterly magazine you’ll read about the launch of the squad of junior athletes towards 2016 and beyond, largely focusing on unearthing new talent from all corners of South Africa. Another SASCOC undertaking will be the fact that we are hosting, together with the city of Durban, two major International Olympic Committee (IOC) activities this year and in 2011 ÔÇô the IOC Conference on Culture and Education in December 2010 and the 123rd IOC Session in July 2011.
Both of these are huge undertakings, with the 123rd IOC Session being a major event at which the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be announced.In order to have a full understanding of the National Federations and their structures, programmes, long-term development, presence around the country, etc, we have agreed to commission a research audit into National Federations, that constitute the SASCOC membership.
It is imperative that our National Federations are accountable and measurable, and that the primary task of catering for all the people of our country is guaranteed through a sustained process. To this end, we have issued a tender document to 22 institutions of higher learning in South Africa for them to tender to do the task at hand. We hope that the actual research will start by the beginning of May this year.
Finally, I would be failing as a South African and a senior sports administrator in this country if I didn’t encourage one and all ÔÇô sportspeople or otherwise ÔÇô to rally behind our own Bafana Bafana, who will once again show, as they did in the Confederations Cup, that we can play the game at the highest level ÔÇô the FIFA World Cup. Ke Nako Bafana!