SASCOC hoping SA victories rub off on our Olympic team
SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy said on Monday that the South African cricket team and golfer Ernie Els’ victories on British soil in the past two days were sure to boost the chances of Team SA at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Graeme Smith’s Proteas whalloped England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test at The Oval on Monday a day after Ernie Els surprised all and sundry by winning his second British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham.
“We couldn’t have wished for a better boost for our 2012 Olympians as they embark on their medal race,” said Reddy.
“Coach Gary Kirsten and captain Graeme Smith have done amazingly well to win the first of three Tests against England. This should set them up for the rest of the tour and let there be no doubt that our Olympic competitors have watched this and taken note.”
“And Ernie’s win was true testimony to his fighting spirit and lent crediblity to his position as an ambassador to Team South Africa. He was written off by so many people but South Africans are fighters and he has proved that South Africa produces champion after champion.
“Our cricket and golf triumphs couldn’t have come at a better time and I have no doubt that this is going to be a huge boost as our Olympic athletes start their own quest for glory this week.”
The Banyana Banyana women’s football side are the first South Africans in action at the Games when they play Sweden in Coventry on Wednesday while archer Karen Hultzer is the first individual athlete in action on Friday.