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CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy
- Updated: January 17, 2012
An exciting era for us here at Olympic House has just begun. As you are no doubt aware we are now less than 200 days away from the earth’s biggest multi-coded sport extravaganza ÔÇô the 2012 London Olympics and thereafter the world stage for athletes with disability, the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Our Road to London takes a whole new meaning now. What we have been doing in the past four years will finally be showcased. Yes, you can say our long-awaited scripts will finally be marked. Unfortunately for us the scale is that much bigger in the Olympic Games versus the Paralympic Games. We are confident that both our teams will perform to the best of their ability. However, we are proud of our efforts, therefore face this challenge with nothing but excitement.
In December after we had closed offices we had a visit to Shanghai, home to the ERKE factory; Team SA kit sponsor for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as well as Brazil 2016. I am happy to report that all is on track in this regard. They have produced one of the best kits possible. But you’ll be the judge soon enough, come the ‘Kit Launch’ scheduled for April 2012.
I’m next off to Innsbruck, Austria for the Winter Youth Olympics to provide the necessary SASCOC support to the athlete.
And before I leave, let me take this opportunity to congratulate Graeme Smith and his team on a job well done, for clinching the Test Series against Sri-Lanka. ┬áAlso notable was Jacques Kallis’ achievement of 150 Tests. And then all the best to AB de Villiers, as he embarks on the journey of being the new ODI captain. You will do great things I’m sure. A special mention must be made of Hashim Amla as he continues with consistently impressive performance. We also wish him well as he awaits the birth of his first child.
On a final note, you may have seen Sunday’s newspaper reports questioning the need for SASCOC to send such a “big” administrative team to the Winter Youth Olympics in Austria where Sive Speelman is representing our country. There is absolutely nothing untoward in the size of this team. As per SASCOC policy and procedure we support our athletes to the hilt. Sive obviously needs his coach to be with him, the team also needs a chef de mission as well as a project manager to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
These are standard policies at SASCOC. It’s also standard procedure for the SASCOC Board to be represented during all major multi-code events. As such, for the first half of the Games the first vice-president will represent SASCOC in Innsbruck after the President indicated his unavailability and I will be there for the second half. I find it strange that when things are going well at SASCOC people see the need to point fingers and have to find something to criticise. Nothing positive about the fact that a young African has overcome great odds to qualify and participate at the Games ÔÇô even declaring that he finished last in his first race which is untrue. There were 55 athletes and he finished 41st.
We at SASCOC put an enormous amount of spending into our athletes, details of which are on the SASCOC home page. We are very proud of the hard work we put in on behalf of our athletes but as is always the case you can’t keep everyone happy all the time.
Also this past weekend, in case you hadn’t heard, I can confirm that there will now be a forensic audit of one of our National Federations, that of Power Boat South Africa. We have commissioned Deloitte to conduct this audit, probing the financial statements and functioning of Power Boat SA for the last five years. Meanwhile Mr Kobus Marais will continue to head the interim leadership structure of Powerboat South Africa as the administrator.