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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT OLYMPIC HOUSE

 

August is a month full of activity at SASCOC. Firstly, we need to welcome back Team SA from the World Games in Cali, Colombia and we congratulate them on their wonderful achievements. They did the country proud. We hope our athletes continue striving to bring more medals home in various international sporting events.

We at SASCOC are delighted to announce the launch of the National Training Centre (NTC) in Mangaung on 7 August. The NTC will be a project run in partnership with the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and the Mangaung Municipality.

The main purpose of establishing this venture is to assist SASCOC’s National Federations (NFs) with easy access to training facilities, scientific and medical support services and referrals to specialists. This will be done either at their training camps, which will be hosted by the Centre at no cost to the NFs or as and when required.

The launch will include: a Breakfast show where the SASCOC president Mr Gideon Sam will outline the purpose and services within the National Training Centre and the Free State Premier, Honourable Ace Magashule, together with his MEC for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mr Dan Kgothule and Executive Mayor of Mangaung, Cllr Thabo Manyoni, will confirm and endorse their support in partnering with SASCOC on this initiative and a tour of the National Training Centre showcasing the current infrastructure and medium and long term plan for the Centre.

Said Mr Sam:ÔÇ£According to our mandate, that of team preparation and team delivery, the NTC fulfills that role. The launch of the NTC is a culmination of years of consultation and discussion with stakeholders. We are happy that the Free State government saw it fit to support this initiative, which in all respect is a national endeavour to improve the performances of athletes at international level.

ÔÇ£At SASCOC, we strive to create a conducive environment for sport in South Africa through improving and allowing easy access to our sporting infrastructure. Our aim is that the NTC aids positively to sport and allow athletes to perform at the best of their abilities,ÔÇØ added the SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy.

On another note, SASCOC has joined the UNiTE4Mandela Campaign in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day where all major sporting codes in South Africa are urging citizens to unite at FNB Stadium on 17 August 2013 to witness a thrilling event where the Springboks and Bafana Bafana will both be showcasing their talent, competing in international matches on the same turf.

The Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture day is a prime opportunity to remind all people of Madiba’s shining example of personal sacrifice in the service of greater humanity.

SASCOC’s main contribution to this event as the main sporting body in South Africa is to parade Championships and medal winners from Team SA since 1994.

Said Mr Reddy:┬áÔÇ£SASCOC is proud to be part of this important event in preserving Nelson Mandela’s legacy in sport. We acknowledge Mr Mandela’s view on the importance of sport in our country. As a former boxer himself, Mandela believes sport acts as a unifying force in the society. Let us unite and rally behind the rugby and football teams on this special day.ÔÇØ