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President’s Voice – Gideon Sam
- Updated: August 10, 2014
The Commonwealth Games are over!
Medals have been won (40 of them in all) and the athletes have been recognised for their performances. The last act for now was the parade through the streets of Johannesburg to show off the medals to the public.
And what a parade it was! People lined the streets along the route of the convoy as it snaked through from Olympics House to Ghandi Square and finally ending up at Mandela Square in Sandton. A big thank you to all the people who made the day for the athletes such a huge success.
The next phase on our road to Rio is to engage the Federations who will be preparing their athletes for Games in Rio.
The roles of the Federation and that of SASCOC will be spelled out very clearly. This will be done to ensure that all the athletes who finally make it in the team to represent us at that great spectacle have been well prepared.
We will keep a keen eye on all the international events where our athletes and teams will be featured. Efforts will be made to get our athletes to training camps here at home and abroad. Where necessary we will assist with getting coaches from other countries to help our own coaching staff.
For now we will watch the performances of our next generation of athletes at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, starting next week. We are confident that some of the athletes in the team will be future Olympians. We wish them well as they strive to represent our country with pride.
Meanwhile, well done to our Olympic bronze medal-winning canoeist Bridgette Hartley for repeating that feat at the World Sprint Championships in Moscow this weekend. Great to see her keeping her form and focus two years out from Rio.