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Update from Olympic House

It’s hard to believe but the 2013 World Games are upon us and are scheduled to take place from 25 July to 4 August. In this first series of updates on what’s happening here at Olympic House, we see how rigorous preparation has been going on for the World Games in Colombia.

A squad of 64 including coaches, medical team and management team will be attending the World Games this year. The final team of 39 competitors was announced on 28 June 2013. The nine codes involved in making up Team South Africa this year are: Aerosport, Archery, Cue Sport, Gymnastics, Lifesaving, Orienteering, Rugby Sevens, Tug-of-War and Waterski.

Planning of this renowned international sporting event, which in essence is the Olympic Games has been working diligently to ensure that the event is a success.

Jean Kelly, who also attended the 2009 World Games, is the Project Manager and has already travelled to Cali twice to make certain that everything is well organised for the event. As the countdown continues, the SASCOC team is working tirelessly to round up the final preparations.

As for all major multicode events that SASCOC is responsible for, there will be the traditional holding camp before the team’s departure.

This holding camp will be held on 19 July at Birchwood in Boksburg where the team will get an opportunity to interact and familiarise with each other in a relaxed environment. Already, the Team South Africa kits have been delivered to SASCOC and they will duly be handed over to the team at the holding camp. The joy of the holding camp is that there is an opportunity to iron out any last-minute glitches, such as wrong clothing sizes and tailors are on hand to ensure that the team will turn out in top shape.

To the team: Brace yourselves for the long flight to Colombia, but with the team full of anticipation and getting to know each other, the flight is sure to fly by at great pace.

On another note, a total of 106 countries will be participating in this year’s games. SASCOC rallies behind the team and wishes Team South Africa all the best in the World Games. Do your best on the field of play but make sure to make the most of this privileged opportunity and get to know your fellow athletes, both national and international, and showcase our amazing country at the same time.

Meanwhile, a 40-strong South African team leaves for France this Sunday to battle it out in the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

The team for the 19-28 July Championships comprises 32 athletes (22 males and nine females), four coaches, two physiotherapists, a doctor, a team manager and an assistant manager.

With more than half of the team having worn the green and gold of Team South Africa at last year’s Paralympics in London, SASCOC has no doubt that the participants will bring home more medals this year.

SASCOC wishes the team the best of luck and safe travels to and from France. We encourage the team to carry the South African flag and be good ambassadors of the nation.