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Update from Olympic House

We bring you yet another update from the Olympic House as we have hit the half-year mark already. It’s a busy year in our sports calendar as we deliver Team South Africa to various games but we are pleased to highlight that the first half has been successful.A strong team of 187 athletes to participate at the Commonwealth Games next month was named earlier this month and SASCOC is confident that the team will perform exceptionally as a strict Selection Policy was used to select the best of the best.

With less than a month to go to Glasgow, SASCOC are now busy with the final touches to make sure that we deliver the team successfully.

A code managers’ meeting for the Commonwealth Games was held this week to finalise the logistics of the trip with representatives from all the 15 different codes.

On another note, the Virtual Torch Relay for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOGs) to be held in Nanjing, China from 16-28 August, 2014 arrived in South Africa from Swaziland on 17 June 2014 before departing for Lesotho.

The main purpose of the Virtual Torch Relay is to transmit the flame through the 204 NOCs thereby spreading the YOG values of ÔÇ£Excellence, Friendship, and RespectÔÇØ and promoting the combination of culture and education with sport. Thank you to all the athletes who took their time to recognise and take part in the Torch Relay.

SASCOC continues to reach out to girls and women in sport through various programmes to close the gender gap for people who take up high positions in the sports fraternity.

To this end, SASCOC in conjunction with the Free State Sports Confederation, hosted a successful second edition of the Women and Girls’ Provincial Camp at the Philip Saunders resort in Free State from 20-22 June.

The camp delved more into effective communication skills, leadership values and self-worth as a way of encouraging young girls and women to take up influential positions in sport.

The participants also had a chance to be educated on sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), anti-doping and high performance centre programmes among other topics.

Once again thank you to the team who made this event a success and we hope all participants took home with them great lessons that they will also share with their colleagues in the province.

Lastly, we will be hosting the annual Presidents’ Council meeting on Saturday, 28 June, a platform that gives Presidents of National Federations the chance to air their views on ways to improve sport.