CEO's Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy | SASCOC - SASCOC

CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy

We have just hosted a very successful press conference at Olympic House, where our Project Manager for the London Olympics, Ms Ezera Tshabangu, was tasked with a status update for our roll-out plan; the readiness of our athletes and structures that are in place.

We’ve spent R36 million on our Opex Programme and a further R24 million is due to be spent by the completion of the Games. Obviously many of our athletes are hard at training, but it was most encouraging to see LJ van Zyl (athletics) and Cameron van der Burgh (swimming), Tadhg Slattery (para-swimming) and ┬áPieter Du Preez (para- athletics) at the press briefing.

Speaking of Ezera, she and Vinesh Maharaj, Project Manager for the Paralympics, together with the Chief Medical Officer of the Olympic Team, Kevin Subban have just returned from their trip to London. While there they held a series of meetings with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and I am happy to report that both are raving about the success of this meeting.

Everything appears to be on target, and they are, by and large, impressed with what will be our living quarters in the village. Going forward the project managers will be engaging with the different National Federations to work on the logistics for London. But all in all, things are in order.

On that note, let me thank the South African High Commission for coming on board and assisting with our team’s delivery to the Games. We are always looking for ways to improve our performance structure for the betterment of our country.

Last week Ms Patience Shikwambana, Manager in our Operations and NF’s Support Department, was in India, after being invited by the National Defence Force along with Sports and Recreation to learn how the Indian Defence Force is using its structure to improve athletes’ performance.

Once again it is it with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of two more athletes ÔÇô soccer player Thabang “Chillies” Lebese, at the tender age of 38, and boxer/martial arts expert Mike Bernardo (42). Rest in peace, Thabang and Mike ÔÇô we are thinking of your family and loved ones.

But I’m happy to be able to close on a happier note. I’m very proud of our women’s hockey side for finally qualifying for the Olympics. They travelled to a foreign country (India in this case) and ended up not only beating the host country in the final, but ending up going unbeaten.

We took a lot of stick for the tough qualifying process we charted out for them but I think they have now proved without a doubt that they are worthy of their place in the Olympic squad. Here’s hoping they go from strength to strength. Here’s also hoping our men’s qualification task has as happy an ending.