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CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy
- Updated: February 27, 2013
What a fantastic result for the Southern Kings in what was an historic night for rugby in this country.
The cosmopolitan nature of the crowd in Port Elizabeth, which exceeded 32 000, also showed the desire of all rugby supporters in the Southern and Eastern Cape for international rugby and for a home franchise capable of success in Super Rugby.
It was a memorable night and while the nature of the tournament is such that the season will be very challenging for the Kings, given the inexperience and youthfulness of their squad, t is important not to lose sight of the massive influence the region will have in the future well-being of South African rugby.
So many black and white players currently playing Super Rugby originate from the Eastern Cape and it at least gives the next generation comfort that they don’t have to leave the region to make an impact in South African rugby. It was a great night in which the victory was more than a winning result.
Our cricketers this summer have been brilliant in beating New Zealand and Pakistan in the home Test series 5-0 after winning against Australia in Australia.
Their performance means the team is unbeaten in 15 Tests and many records have been broken and milestones reached in the process.
Special mention must be made of Graeme Smith, who has been the captain of the Proteas for the last decade. He is the first Test captain in the game’s history to lead his country in more than 100 Tests and he is the first to lead a winning side on 50 occasions. He also averages 49 and is closing on 10 000 Test runs.
Those statistics are the envy of many of the greatest opening batsmen in the history of the game. In Smith our cricket has a history maker and he deserves the recognition for his contribution to cricket in this country and sport in general.
Our Sevens Rugby team also showed wonderful character to win in Las Vegas and were emphatic in the win against the old foe New Zealand. Sevens is an Olympic and Commonwealth sport so the victory and the continued improvement of the squad will bode well for Glasgow in 2014 and Rio in 2016.
Our golfers are always in the sporting news for the right reasons and South Africa, as a nation, is privileged when it comes to who will represent the country in Rio. I know our golfers have all expressed what an honour it would be to be selected, but that is still some time away. For now we simply can take great pride and satisfaction in the quality of golf being produced.
It is also important to recognise the non-Olympic codes and the fact that there is a World Games this year in which Team South Africa will be represented. There is a far greater focus on these codes in our quarterly publication Road to Rio, because even though the non-Olympic codes won’t be going to Rio they are part of the South African sporting journey between now and Rio.
To all those who continue to put in so much effort on the sporting front, on the field and in the office, thank you.
And the biggest thank-you is as always to those who so religiously support our teams, regardless of code and result.
Lets not however forget our detractors, they who constantly lie and put out negative stories in the social media. It is actually embarrassing when a senior athletics official does not understand the very agreement on selection as signed by the National Federation and SASCOC, yet is a member of the NF Board. She has forgotten that the athlete qualified for selection by virtue of the 4x400m team being ranked number two in the World.
The SASCOC road show has started with two shows, Free State and Cape Town having being completed. The Free State MEC for Sport has pledged R2 million towards the high performance kitty for athlete support. More excitedly was when Premier Ace Magashule announced that the Free State Government would fully support this venture of SASCOC and has made available his facility in the Free State for the prestigious National Training Centre.