The award shows dat as South Africa we are on da rite track n as Africans we need to be taken seriously `cauz we have da potential to organise n host major events
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- Updated: July 9, 2011
South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC and the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal were on Saturday jointly given the honour of being awarded the Olympic Cup.
This prestigious award is an annual award made by the International Olympic Committee and was presented to SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam and SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy by the President of the IOC, Dr Jacques Rogge.
The award comes on the completion of a highly successful 123rd IOC Session that started in Durban on 4 July and came to a conclusion on Saturday 9 July.
The award was instituted by Pierre de Coubertin in 1906 and is presented to an institution or association with a record of merit and integrity in actively developing the Olympic Movement.
Speaking after receiving the award SASCOC CEO Mr Reddy was honoured to receive the Olympic Cup. “It’s been a very long road as it took three years to put this session together. But it’s been extremely rewarding because it has been a case of success after success this week.
“It’s humbling to receive recognition from both the IOC and the IOC President himself. It is a great feeling, a real milestone and an achievement for everyone involved. From the top down, from our President Mr Jacob Zuma to our Sports Minister Mr Fikile Mbalula, the Inter-Ministerial Committee, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Mayor of Durban, Mr James Nxumalo, SASCOC President Gideon Sam and of course our own IOC executive member, Dr Sam Ramsamy, who has been instrumental in the success of this Session.”
For his part, President Gideon Sam said it was great to receive this recognition. “It just goes to show that if you play your part in the Olympic Movement there are people watching and taking note. For us at SASCOC, we merely make sure that we do our absolute best and then accolades become part of the game. We’re very chuffed to receive this Cup and it’s great to share it with the city of Durban as they certainly played a major part in the success that this week has been.”
The last recipient of the Olympic Cup were the people of Singapore in 2010. That city hosted the inaugural Youth Olympics last year.