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Sam joins Motlanthe at Sports Indaba

SASCOC President Gideon Sam shared the stage with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 2011 Sports Indaba, being held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Monday and Tuesday.

Hosted by the Honorable Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, the two-day gathering is aimed at mapping the way forward for the country’s sport.

Mbalula closed proceedings at the SASCOC Coaching Conference in Birchwood, Johannesburg over the weekend and told delegates: The Sports Indaba is about action. We dont want any more theories. As a nation we must move together. What we do today will determine our sports industry.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member Dr Sam Ramsamy delivered IOC president Jacque Rogges speech. Other dignitaries will include Professor Istvan Balyi from Canada and Steve Grainger from the United Kingdom, who were both present at the Coaching Conference.

Kagiso Kemoeng from Botswana and Australia’s Peter Budd will be the other keynote speakers.

Speaking to the Sowetan newspaper on Monday, Minister Mbalula further said: “We want to see our clubs and national teams doing well, that is why we are getting experts from the United Kingdom, Cuba and Australia to assist us.”


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