I also want to thank Erin Burger for being selected as player of the tournament, and wish the Springbok all the best in the up comming IRB that will be held in New Zealand
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President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam
- Updated: July 11, 2011
It was good to be back in South Africa, Durban specifically, last week after some more international travel spreading the sporting word.
I’m pleased to say that the 123rd International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Session in Durban went off very well. The focus of the entire Olympic world was on this event because of the decision that had to be made about the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
We had media representatives here from a vast spectrum of media houses. Durban, and the province of KwaZulu-Natal, basked in the glory of this event and South African sport was well and truly under the microscope, something that bodes well on the road ahead.
Congratulations to PyeongChang, South Korea on being awarded the rights to the 2018 Games, the third time they had bid for the Games. I must also say that all three of the bidding cities put together compelling bids and all would have been capable of hosting the Games.
It was also very exciting for SASCOC and the city of Durban to be awarded the Olympic Cup by the IOC at the weekend. This is an award presented to an institution or association with a record of merit and integrity in actively developing the Olympic Movement.
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.
Before I got back to South Africa I spent two very busy weeks with a team put together by the Commonwealth Games Federation to evaluate the bids of the Gold Coast in Australia and Hambantota in Sri Lanka.
They are the two cities bidding to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in their respective countries. At the end of the evaluation process, we were convinced that either of these two cities can host the Games successfully. So now it is left to the Commonwealth Games Associations to make the important decision on the occasion of the General Assembly, in St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean on 11 November 2011.
Elsewhere our athletes are hard at work participating or preparing to participate in important competitions. It never ceases to amaze me at just how many international competitions we are privileged to be sending teams to. Our netballers were in Singapore for the World Championships and did well to finish fifth overall. Congratulations also to Erin Burger for being named Player of the Tournament.
Then our swimmers and athletes are both preparing for their own World Championships, in China and South Korea respectively. Our swimmers leave this week already for the world championships.
As far as rugby goes, we may not have made it into the final of the Super 15 this year, but it could just be the right medicine for our Springbok team to go out there and rectify matters at the World Cup to be played in New Zealand later this year.