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SASCOC’s Sam in drive for quality not quantity in SA sport

SASCOC President Gideon Sam has once again reiterated the macro sports body’s main mandate, which is High Performance, and the need to take quality, competitive athletes to high-level competitions rather than sheer quantity.

Sam was speaking at the national sports umbrella body’s 2015 Annual General Meeting at Olympic House, Johannesburg on Saturday, with close to 65 National Federations in attendance.

“We need to come up with an effective system in NFs that takes care of the athletes and ensure the we nurture that talent right from grassroots level. There are too many excuses around funding and no proper systems, which results in the loss of our athletes along the way,” said Sam.

“Our attention as sports entities, from provincial up to national level, should be high performance. Over and above the High Performance Commission, we need a South African academy of sport. We have provincial academies of sport but there is the need for a national academy. We have to think out of the box in terms of working smart and find a way of dealing with the problems associated with our athletes.”

Sam updated those assembled of the progress made, in his discussion with an international supplier regarding the establishment of an online application that pulls all athletes and players from grassroots level up to the top, together.

This app will be user-friendly, localised – applicable to the South African context, readily available, with transparent communication and equally importantly, affordable.

Sam explained that the importance of such apps ensure that sports entities source money through advertising on such platforms.

“Instead of always begging for money, we urge you all to encourage your athletes to register on this app so that we can get profit out of it.”

“The benefits of the app will also be presented to the provincial presidents so that they use it to look for and after every talented athlete in the country, to avoid them falling through the cracks along the way,” Sam added.

Still talking of establishing other ways of sourcing funds, Sam reiterated the challenges that continue to face SA sports sector in terms of funding.

Sam encouraged the delegates to ensure that their athletes also register on the Nation of Champions legacy website on www.nationofchampions.com. This is a legacy programme, which was launched on Wednesday 23 September 2015 in the lead-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A figure of 50% of advertising revenue obtained from this app could benefit the development of sport in SA before and after the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Sam encouraged more people to register on the website.

Moving on to the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sam highlighted that South Africa are custodians of the Games and the Games belong to the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“We signed the agreement to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games and we have an obligation that within 100 days the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and board must be set up. As a board we believe it should be a company and not part of SASCOC and government will be the primary stakeholder.

Sam indicated that in terms of the sports that will be contested at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the negotiations are still underway and the nation will be advised accordingly once everything is finalised.

Sam also touched on the issues of women in sport and school sport. He informed the meeting that there is a need to address the number of women represented in sport and emphasised the lack of female representation.

He indicated that in 2017 an International Women’s conference will be held in Durban, prior to which a women’s meeting will be held in Gaborone, Botswana next year.

“Moving forward SASCOC will be issuing two tickets to our members for the Women’s workshop in Botswana. One of the tickets should be given to a female representative and it is up to the National Federation who they give the other ticket,” said Sam.

“We want to build the capacity of women in sport. Even in the next SASCOC Board elections we are hoping for a 50-50 representation and it’s up to the women sitting in this room to support their own gender,” Sam added.

Sam also pointed out that the International Schools Federation will be hosting a meeting in October to promote the importance of school sport and SASCOC will establish a commission which will work on school sport supported by the Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA).

In his keynote address, SRSA Deputy Minister, Gert Oosthuizen touched on transformation. He explained that the National Sports Indaba adopted the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP), which highlighted that transformation in sport should take place for both moral and strategic reasons.

By the end of 2015 it’s envisaged that the country will have 17 sporting codes that should have MOAs signed.

“There is the need to achieve an equitable sports landscape through efforts of transformation and we need to terminate memberships of non-compliant entities to the transformation agreement,” said Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen invited the delegates to a breakfast meeting that will be held in Sandton next week (30 September) to discuss and put into perspective the outlined programmes on transformation.

Oosthuizen also congratulated the national teams that participated in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games and African Games in Apia, Samoa and Brazzaville, Congo respectively. He urged all athletes to continue putting in such high-level performances.

SASCOC High Performance consultant Frank Dick, concluded the meeting by encouraging the delegates to challenge the corporate world to invest in the future and sporting excellence in South Africa.

With the Rio Olympics and Paralympics fast approaching, he urged a national team effort in order for SA to succeed in these prestigious events as well as the hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“ Let’s live the idea of one nation, our sport, my responsibility,” Dick concluded.


1 comments
gregphilps
gregphilps

@sportsSouthA you need to spend money on quantity in order to develop and nurture quality instead of spending it on fat cat officials