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CEO’s Chair — Tubby Reddy

At last… 2010 is finally winding down and coming to an end. It certainly does seem to have flown by and this is probably because at SASCOC we have been so busy!

One project is barely finished and we’re straight into the next project. It just seems never-ending.

There’s no doubt that 2010 has been a long and hard year with all those many projects. Having said that though, all the projects have been very successful in the long run.

Just some of these projects have been the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore, then the big event of the year, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India which gave us all a few extra unwanted grey hairs with the accommodation and security issues leading up to the games.

Then there was the 2010 Coaching Conference that builds towards the national coaching framework. Speaking of building there was also the building and upgrading of our offices here at Olympic House. In the same frame we were constantly looking at the Opex programme that caters for our Olympic hopefuls’ well-being and development.

As if that wasn’t enough there were the regular general meetings and President’s Council meetings that popped up during the course of the year. And of course, who can forget that we hosted the 7th IOC Conference on Sport, Education and Culture in Durban in December which saw some of the world’s leading sports administrators and indeed, athletes provide input to the local sports scene.

The final event of the year was the Zone VI Games in Swaziland. Again, there were trying circumstances to deal with but I think our young athletes and indeed, the whole team concerned, would have come back all the better for the experience.

Now its on to the next year and increased focus will be put on our mission of getting 12 medals at the 2012 Olympic Games.

But that’s not all we’re looking at. We have the Commonwealth Youth Games to look after as well as Africa’s own Olympics, the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique towards the end of the year.

Add to this the coaching framework coming together and the National Academy System and already I can see another hectic year lying in wait.

But all that can wait just for now. Here’s hoping all the various federations under the SASCOC umbrella find time to enjoy the festive season as well as all our sportsmen and women. Take time out to relax because you can be guaranteed that 2011 is going to be another roller-coaster year.


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