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SASCOC joins nation in celebrating twenty years of freedom
- Updated: April 27, 2014
South African athletes will be participating in the national Freedom Day commemoration on Sunday, 27 April at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, an event being hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) will celebrate along with the whole nation this special event that marks 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa. The occasion will be an opportunity to showcase the transformative progress made in different arenas including sport during the past 20 years.
Freedom Day takes us back down memory lane, to the history of sport where South Africa could not participate in international events such as the Commonwealth Games. Because of South Africas then apartheid policy, South Africa withdrew from the British Commonwealth, but was later re-admitted and participated in the games in Victoria, British Columbia in 1994.
We would like firstly to take part in the Commonwealth Games in August, Mandela said on 11 May, 1994. South Africa had not participated in the Games since 1958 and even though Madiba did not attend the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, his shadow loomed large over the capital.
South African sport has grown from strength to strength and we are proud that on the five occasions that South Africa has competed to the Commonwealth Games since democracy, the medal tally has been very impressive, thereby retaining the first position among the African Continent except in 1994.
Says SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy: We join the nation in celebrating our democracy and freedom as a country this weekend. We especially recognise the positive strides we have taken in sport, through participating and excelling in various international games. Sport has hugely assisted in uniting the nation and we urge our athletes to continue raising the South African flag still higher, especially as we prepare for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland on the road to Rio.
To all the athletes participating in the national Freedom Day celebration, make the best of it and continue to carry the legacy of Tata Madiba who fought for our countrys participation in various sporting events.
There will be a cultural parade of South African national athletes at the event.