CEO's Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy | SASCOC - SASCOC

CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy

We are into the last month of 2011 but it’s been yet another busy time here at Olympic House.

We have just completed the hosting of an extremely successful Coaching Conference at Birchwood, Ekurhuleni. This was an event that saw just under 300 coaches and sports administrators first engaging and then taking ownership of the message of the Coaching Framework.

As soon as the Coaching Framework was launched our President, Mr Gideon Sam and I together with the SASCOC Board, SASCOC Management and SASCOC Membership joined the Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula for the two-day Sports Indaba at Gallagher Estate in Midrand,┬áunder the theme ‘from policy to practice’ where he laid the ‘ground rules’ into the future of South African sport. Part of these being the mechanisms to hold people accountable. An aspect that I am quite excited about.

The delegates were divided into six different commissions (school sports, sports councils, facilities, amateur vs professional sports, transformation and all non-disputed resolutions).
These were discussed, debated and finally resolutions were reached and SASCOC has been allotted to enable and implement resolutions with certain roles and responsibilities. We will also be responsible for the provincial sports councils, elite athletes, all high performance activities, delivery of team SA to multi-coded games as well as oversee the development through provincial academies.

We at SASCOC certainly look forward to playing an active hand in our sporting industry.

On the cricketing front I was hopeful that the Proteas would finally claim a Test victory over Australia at home. But sadly this was not to be and well done to the Australian team. Although we may not have got the victorious end-result that we had been hoping for, as our captain Graeme Smith said, this Test contest definitely reaffirmed the importance of Test cricket. So all is not lost and we wish you well in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

It is unfortunate that once again SAFA has not ensured the quality of players we needed for the Under 23 team to qualify for the Olympic Games 2012. Football is the one sport that has almost total support in our country and yet the results are dismal. Remember the words of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe that from or after 1996 football seems to be on a downward slide, why? There seems to be a serious lack of planning and foresight in this regard. We simply have to ensure the availability of our top players if we are to make any impression amongst the best in the world.

Our hockey teams are both busy with international action. It was tough to see our Investec women’s side going down 5-1 in the second clash against the Netherlands, after a brave 5-5 draw in the opening clash. The women are now off to Argentina for more tournaments.

As for the men’s side, they were tasked with reaching the final of the Champions Challenge Tournament in Randburg in order to be in good standing for selection to the London Olympics. They gave a good account of themselves and ended a credible third but unfortunately have not satisfied the criteria for selection yet.