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- SA’s six Games boxers ready to take to the ring
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President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam
- Updated: January 20, 2012
Isn’t it great news to see that Sifiso Nhlapo, our Beijing 2008 Olympics BMX rider is on the road to recovery. I’m sure we all want to see a fully fit Sifiso on the starting line in London. There’s no doubting that he inspires us all so much with his determination.
We will now watch the athletes going through their final paces and yes, I am extremely nervous now, because I want each and every athlete to do well for the country. That is again surely the wish of every South African.
That was also the call from the Deputy President of the country, Kgalema Motlanthe, that we should improve on Beijing. We dare not fail!
The support staff at SASCOC will this year be involved a number of activities, because everything must be done to pave the way for a smooth path for our athletes in the Olympics as well as the Paralympics.
I can see them putting in many hours of hard work to render the right support.┬áCoupled to all this, we also need to keep an eye on the preparations for the World Games and Commonwealth Games. If anything, the midnight candle will be burnt long and hard here at the SASCOC office.
I see that our lone athlete at the Youth Winter Olympic Games, Sive Speelman, is acquitting himself well in Austria. It’s a daunting task for an Eastern Cape youngster heading off to Europe and take on competitors who were born into a Winter Olympics culture but I’m sure this experience is going to see him coming along in leaps and bounds.
Finallly, there have been a number of matters raised in the media about the succession race at SASCOC but all I can say is that these will be dealt with by the Board. We are also confident that this matter will not distract us from our set goals for London.
Our Annual General Meeting set down for August will give fresh mandates on the leadership of SASCOC and until then, let us all focus on the task at hand and we all know what this task isÔÇª medals in London.