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Stofile salutes Team SA
- Updated: October 16, 2010
Minister of Sport and Recreation Rev. Dr. Makhenkesi┬áStofile applauded Team South Africa for restoring the integrity of the Green and Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Stofile, writing to SASCOC president Gideon Sam, described the squad’s performance in getting 12 gold medals, 33 in total and a fifth place finish among 71 nations as ‘sterling’.
He also urged all of South Africa to unite in their support for Team South Africa in preparation for London’s 2012 Olympics.
‘It (2010) has┬ábeen┬áa┬ásuccessful┬áyear┬áfor┬áSouth┬áAfrica,┬áand┬áyou┬áhave┬áhelped┬áelevate┬áthe┬áexcitement┬áof the South African people on the sporting front. To say we are proud of your achievements will be an understatement. You have continued to make us proud.’
Stofile was particular in his praise for the medical team for their efforts with a squad of such diversity in sporting disciplines and commended the management, led by Chef de Mission Patience Shikwambana, for being such outstanding ambassadors for South Africa.
‘I┬áwould┬áalso┬álike┬áto┬ácongratulate┬áthe┬áteam┬ámanagement┬áfor┬ásteering┬ásuch┬áa┬álarge┬áyet┬ádisciplined congregation of various personalities. The┬áamazing┬ájob┬ádone┬áby┬áthe┬ámedical┬áteam┬ácannot┬ágo unnoticed; we remain ever grateful for their time and expertise.’
Stofile said the country needed to turn its attention to London’s 2012 Olympics and hoped that the success at the Commonwealth served as motivation for an improved 2012 Olympic performance, when compared with the solitary medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Stofile, in saluting the athletes, said: ‘Remember┬áto┬áalways┬ástay┬áhumble┬áin┬áyour┬ávictory┬áand┬ánever┬áforget that we as a nation are behind you every step of the way. We salute you.’
Sam, in response to Stofile, said: ‘The recognition is noted with humility. Our role as SASCOC is to make the country proud.’
I have to agree with Track Enthusiast. Stofile once again shows that he should rather pack it up and find himself a church parish to retire to. What he knows about sport is very little; in fact it is downright dangerous. We are fooling ourselves if we think that we are going to win ANY medals in London. Any fool who thinks otherwise is a fool. As long as we have priests (Stofile), politicians (Sam) and political cadres (Reddy and the rest of SASCOC) we will not win medals at major sporting events. As soon as we put people who actually know what sport is, how it works and what needs to be done. These clowns are so caught up in grassroots development that they forget that it is elite athletes that win medals. The reverend better start praying for his 2012 now, because there is just no other way we are going to win medals.
What is our minister smoking? What planet is he on? I don't mean to be offensive these are just figures of speech but the reverend is clueless. Yes the team did well but they just barely sustained their performance from the last commonwealth. fewer medals, fewer south africans competing and more importantly this competition has far fewer countries than the olympics so how can he compare it to the olympics. The olympics has about 200 plus nations compared to the commonwealth with not even close to 100 nations. Just how we plan to go from this point to 12 olympic medal when we had more in 2006 but only converted it to 1 silver medal is a mystery and a plan only SASCOC is aware of. Someone please switch the light on for SASCOC so they can find their way out of the building.
Well done Team South Africa. We are so proud of you. You really put South africa on the world map. We will continue to support you as you prepare for the Olympic Games in 2012. Once again, congratulations...