President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

Our visit to Parliament to brief the Sport Portfolio Committee was definitely the highlight of the week.

The report, ably presented by Ms Ezera Tshabangu and Mr Tubby Reddy was well received. It is quite clear from the report given and the committee’s reaction, that at SASCOC we are better prepared for the Olympic Games this time than was the case back in 2008. In fact, one member of the committee remarked as such.

We made a huge appeal to the Portfolio Committee to assist us in putting the finishing touches to our programme for 2012. The amount of R50-million that we requested from the honourable members may seem a large amount, but in the bigger scheme of Olympic preparation, it is actually only a drop in the ocean compared to what most of the other countries put into their preparation programmes.

I must say though that members of the Committee were sympathetic and we are holding thumbs that something will come from our appeal.

Then it was time to meet with Justin du Randt from the Sport Institute at UCT to prepare for the meeting later this month where tertiary institutions will revisit the work done on academies and the functioning thereof in South Africa.

Ms Ilhaam Groenewald at UWC was next on my list and it is encouraging to see how these institutions are gearing themselves to help the country implement the resolutions taken at the National Sports Indaba of last year.

There have been numerous meetings around the issue of academies in South Africa and Mr Toby Sutcliffe at the High Performance Centre (HPC) was able to share volumes of
information on this topic.

We will visit more institutions to prepare for a thorough discussion this month. The second round of discussions with the provinces on this topic will also take place this month. We hope to be ready to ask for general input on the matter around July.