President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

We at SASCOC join the throngs of people who are mourning the sudden death of television sports journalist Vuyo Mbuli.

Vuyo was a great friend of sport and my interviews with him were always so professional. He will be sadly missed by all who were touched by his down to earth outlook┬áon life. Our condolences go out to the family. There’s no doubt he will be sadly missed by the sports movement.

Meanwhile, SASCOC will soon be announcing the athletes that will be earmarked for the upcoming events in the new cycle.

There is so much raw talent in this country and early detection of the talent and nurturing thereof will pay dividends for our country.

The OPEX programme will continue to work side by side with these identified athletes and para-athletes. As usual our focus will be on the support services around these athletes. The coaches and managers will be pulled in like never before.

And let me add that a strict adherence to agreed programmes will be the order of the day this time around.

The return to competitions by our athletes has already given us an indication of what to expect. One only has to look at the good performance in, just to mention a few, the track and field, triathlon and BMX codes, recently to realise this.

And the latest feat comes with Jordy Smith’s great win on the surfing circuit in Brazil this weekend.

Also, the High Performance Commission under the supervision of SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy has already interviewed targeted federations and the race is on for these federations to show serious commitment to the preparation programme in this cycle.

On the athletes front, Advocate Zola Majavu is quietly steadying the ship at ASA and as we have said before, the athletes will continue to get support while things are being sorted out  at ASA. It goes without saying that we need a well functioning ASA to boost our chances of good performances at major multi-coded events.