CEO's Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy | SASCOC - SASCOC

CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy

While we always realised what an enormous task it is to deliver a well-prepared team to the Olympic Games we are constantly being reminded just how much hard work and effort this takes. It’s a huge responsibility but we are giving it absolutely all of our attention.

Speaking of team delivery I have just returned from Austria where 16-year-old Sive Speelman was South Africa’s sole representative at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics which concluded in Innsbruck, at the weekend.

As I shared in our press release it was extremely heartening to see Sive in action against athletes from 74 nations. He represented our country with honour and distinction, we are all so proud of him. He gives us hope that South African sport will continue to flourish.

Upon my return I went to the Wanderers stadium for the final ODI cricket match against the Sri-Lankans and I got to witness one of the most memorable games yet.

To see Graeme Smith’s knock of 125 was special as was AB de Villiers’ century. Although the Proteas lost the final ODI against the Southern Asians, I was encouraged to see De Villiers take control and make some game-changing decisions that will no doubt be hugely beneficial in due course.

I must also congratulate our national men’s and women’s hockey teams on their well-deserved victories against India (men) and Spain (women). Our President and some of our staff members tell me that the women’s clashes were truly phenomenal. This is all good news as they prepare for their respective Olympic qualifying events in India and Japan. We at SASCOC are really hopeful that both teams qualify for the Olympics.

Our 2012 calendar is long and exciting, as we work on our roll-out plan and what it takes to deliver three teams in 2012. These are the Olympic and Paralympic teams as well as the Zone VI games which will follow soon after London.

This week our Project Manager for the 2013 World Games, Miss Jean Kelly, is in Cali, Colombia where the first meeting called by the host country of the 2013 World Games has been scheduled. It’s hard to think that the last World Games were in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan almost three years ago. Time really flies. Jean will update us about the 2013 Games delivery on her return.

I continue to be encouraged by the Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula daily, and this week he hosted a successful breakfast meeting. At this meeting he was encouraging businesses to invest and support our sports, especially school sport, as it is the foundation of our future. I am looking forward to a positive outcome.

Let me take this opportunity to send SARU regards as they are about to unveil who will be at the helm of our mighty Boks in the next season or two. I am sure whoever they entrust the position to will solely deserve this honour.

And finally for now, on a sad note, I would like to send condolences to the national football body, family and friends of Jeffrey Ntuka, on his passing at the weekend. His death and the manner in which it happened saddens us deeply. To lose such a talented youngster is extremely heart-breaking; we at SASCOC mourn with you on this terrible loss.