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SASCOC mourns death of former SACOS president
- Updated: July 3, 2015
SASCOC on Friday mourned the loss of leading sports administrator Norman Middleton at the age of 94.
Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Middleton was the first president of the non-racial sports movement, South African Council on Sport (SACOS) when it was formed in 1973. Fellow struggle stalwart, Hassan Howa was the vice-president.
Before becoming president of SACOS, Middleton filled the role of president at the South African Soccer Federation (SASF).
SACOS, with its familiar banner of “No normal sport in an abnormal society”, played a key part in the process of sporting unification in South Africa in the early 90’s and was the forerunner of the now defunct National Sports Council (NSC).
Middleton remained president of SACOS until 1977. He was also a member of the Labour Party and subsequently of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy lamented the loss of a stalwart, a great leader of non-racial sport in South Africa
“I owe my training as a sports administrator to the great leadership of the late Norman Middleton-SACOS.”
Paying tribute to Middleton, Mr Gideon Sam, President of SASCOC, said: “On behalf of the entire sports movement, we send deepest condolences to his family.
‘We all go through life holding some beliefs dear to us and then something difficult to understand, makes us change our minds. But who are we to judge? Rest in peace, dear warrior for non-racial sport.
‘You may be down but we will take up your spark and continue the good fight for true non-racial sport in South Africa.’