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SA settle in Moz

By Mark Etheridge
in Maputo

The bulk of Team South Africa have arrived safely in Maputo for the 10th edition of the All Africa games from 3-18 September.

At least four airflights have ferried the team of 311 athletes and officials into Mozambique.

There will be additions to the squad as various athletes jet in from around the world. Our elite swimmers are currently in London checking out facilities for next year’s Olympics and Paralympics.

Para-swimming legend Natalie du Toit is busy training in Italy and will also join the team a bit later.

Our leading athletes are currently competing in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and will fly in after competition in ends on Saturday. Canoeist Bridgitte Hartley, who recently qualified for the 2012 Olympics also arrives closer to her competition date.

The canoe competition venue is some 200km from the Zimpeto Athletes Village.

Accommodation in the athletes’ village, situated conveniently next to the main stadium where the athletics events will be staged and next to the aquatic venue is more than sufficient.

Brand spanking new, the clusters feature en suite bathrooms, built in cupboards, kitchenettes, balconies and living rooms. At this stage the rooms are on the spartan side with only beds and linen but furniture is scheduled to arrive.

There was a late night scare when water supplies to the village dried up but technicians were busy with the matter shortly after it was reported.

The boxing and volleyball teams were first of the South African contingent in Maputo. There’s been a slight rescheduling of the volleyball fixtures as experts made sure the new court properly installed. This means that volleyball will now start on Friday instead of Thursday.

The official opening ceremony of the Games is scheduled for Saturday.


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