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The President’s Voice – Gideon Sam

The recent ANOC meeting in Washington underlined two aspects worthy of noting for the sports movement.
The President of the IOC, Dr Thomas Bach, spent considerable time on the issue of governance in sport.
Following the adoption of the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco last year, there is a sense of urgency that the implementation of Agenda 2020 recommendations will be given priority by the IOC President.
He spoke at length on the matter and it is clear to me that NOC’s will have to take steps to self-evaluate on a regular basis where they stand on the issue of governance.
The ANOC President, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, for his part, dealt with Recommendation 32 of Olympic Agenda 2020 which touches on ethics and ethical behaviour in the sports movement. This will in future draw a lot of attention in the light of the fallout in FIFA.
Issues of transparency, good governance and accountability will in future be placed high on the agenda of the sports movement.
NOC’s must respond to this call and the IOC will put resources aside to ensure that these matters are addressed through viable programmes.
Our national rugby team ended third in World Cup tournament and building a competitive team for 2019 in Japan is a task facing our administrators and experts.
A lot has been said about what is right and wrong with the national team, but now we must get on with the planning to ensure victory next time.
Meanwhile our Proteas cricket get to the business end of their Indian tour with the Test matches getting underway. Well done to the boys for winning the one-day and T20 series. Now we must go all out to seal a Test series win and keep us on top of the rankings.
And just completed last weekend, were the IPC Athletics World Championships, and once again it was our para-athletes who truly did us proud.
A small team of 22 athletes brought back 17 medals and ended 13th on the medals table an improvement of five places compared to the last 2013 championships. Many of these stars will be flying the SA flag on the biggest stage of all next year, the Rio Paralympics, so it’s great to see them showing such good form less than a year out from Brazil.
And Ernst van Dyk is like a red wine that just improves with age. Earlier this year he won a record 10th Boston Marathon and most recently raced to a second New York Marathon victory. And this, at the age of 42… excellent stuff.
Our swimmers are now giving their all as the FINA World Cup winds down and great to see Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos are leading from the front and there’s a nice smattering of youth alongside them to learn from the masters.
Exciting times now as our sportsmen and women do their best to qualify for next year’s Rio Games and the wheelchair basketballers are up north in Africa to try and clinch their slot!