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Update from Olympic House

Compliments of the season and the best wishes for 2016 from SASCOC. Here’s hoping that everyone had happy and safe holidays!

We welcome you all back to yet another sporting year, a very exciting one for that matter, as we focus on our main mandate as the macro sports body of South Africa, which is to deliver Team South Africa to the highest pinnacle of our sporting events, the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

One female athlete has also qualified to participate at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics to be held in February in Lillehammer, Norway.

Towards the end of the year, we will also deliver the team to the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Games that will be held in Angola.

To this effect, at SASCOC we have started the year in very enthusiastic fashion and we are continuing preparations for Rio and other projects.

OPEX is in full swing assisting athletes to qualify and achieve excellent results in Rio. Currently, a few sports have qualified and are in the preparatory stage for the Olympic Games. Different National Federations are in their own preparation phases as they are responsible to prepare their athletes.

Meanwhile the project team is hard at work finalising logistics to ensure the flawless and successful delivery of the teams.

Post-Olympic Games, SASCOC will focus on preparing for the Quadrennial General Meeting where National Federations shall begin to deliberate on the elections of the new leadership for the next 2017-2020 cycle.

The process will be guided by the Constitutional timeframes therefore SASCOC expects the Membership to comply with their constitutional obligations to engage their constituents on the upcoming elections so that the organisation’s position is presented. We also urge all our members to adhere and meet the deadlines set for the election process.

Moving to the Women in Sport Commission, SASCOC signed a partnership with UNICEF with the focus on women and youth development. This year we look forward to implementing the various projects we are undertaking to promote the development of women and youth in the Northern Cape province. The main objective of this initiative is to change current circumstances of women and girls and tap the opportunities that are available in sport.

On another note, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has introduced a programme named eqUIP – University Internship Programme. The main objective of the programme is to give access to local interns through an integrated internship programme. This will result in an increase in human resources and capacity development leading to an improvement in overall systems and processes of the Commonwealth Games Association (CGA). To this effect SASCOC this year has employed an intern from the University of Johannesburg who will work for the organisation for the year under supervision of SASCOC and the University.

The intern’s role will assist through research to develop norms and standards in relation to compliance to membership requirements on issues such as good governance and members consistently contributing to the sector’s mandate i.e. social cohesion. This information will go a long way to improve the gaps in the functioning of both the CGA and NFs.

At SASCOC we believe in team effort and in celebrating achievement as a collective. We urge you all to focus on the positives throughout 2016 so that when our athletes succeed, we are all part of the festivity.

With the dedication that all our SASCOC staff have always displayed, we are confident that we will deliver all events successfully.

Wishing you sporting success for 2016 as we near our destination of Rio something we have been diligently preparing for since 2012.


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