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Update from Olympic House

As we near the end of the first quarter of the year, we are extremely pleased with the major milestone of successfully lodging the Commonwealth Games 2022 Bid in London early this month.

The process which follows is the incoming visit by the evaluation commission, which will be conducting due diligence analyses based on what we submitted in the Bid documents. The final decision and voting will be done on 2 September 2015 at the CGF Congress and we are keeping our fingers crossed that this magnificent event will be hosted by South Africa.

We are thankful to our athletes, stakeholders and all citizens who are rallying behind us in support of this bid.

It is important to note that this year we will be delivering the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. Our Chefs de Mission for both these Games have done site visits to the venues and attended Chefs de Mission meetings. From our side, we are busy ensuring that all logistics are put in place in order to deliver these games successfully as has been our track record in the past.

On another note, we wish Basketball South Africa all the best as they launch the inaugural Four Nations Challenge, a tournament that will see four countries namely: Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa competing for four days from 19-22 March 2015.

It’s exciting to see the resuscitation of sports such as basketball and we wish our team well.

The 2015 Provincial Road Shows are well in progress and so far we have visited Northern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. Some areas of concern that have been raised by Provincial Federations are:

·      Lack of proper structures and provincial federations are therefore not known  at community levels;

·     There is a vast area to cover with limited resources;

·     Provincial Federations still have a long way to align to Geo Political Boundaries;

·     Scare skills on education and training mostly for coaches;

·     Access to facilities and maintenance;

·     Roles of municipalities.

Finally we wish our athletes from the different National Federations well in all their upcoming competitions. We support you and as a nation we always rally behind you.