President's Voice – Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice – Gideon Sam

Last week’s Arnold Classic Africa in Sandton, Johannesburg was quite an eye-opener for the many sport administrators who attended the event.
It was extremely well supported and thanks to the partners like Gauteng Sport and SASCOC who support our member Body Building South Africa. Wayne Price and his team must be applauded for the work they put in, ably supported by the MEC for Gauteng, for a job really well done.
The legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger was at his best running around meeting athletes and administrators and the hundreds of admirers.
It definitely showed that South African sport is alive and we should keep this momentum for the next four years
If we can get the Federations to start the process in the provinces and build up to the national gathering in Gauteng, then we can touch the lives of many people because this is about living a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to the 2017 edition of the Arnold Classic Africa which will be even bigger.
The first group of qualifiers for Rio has been announced and we remain on track to field a competitive team to represent South Africa at these games.
We are seeing some great performances and bar any last minute injuries I feel that we should make our target of 10 medals.
The swimmers are already in training overseas and our athletes are sharpening their skills on the European circuit. It’s great to see the comeback of Alyssa Conley in the sprint events and she’s only going to get better and better. Henricho Bruintjies, despite a following wind ran a 9.90sec 100m in Italy which will still boost his confidence.
Banyana Banyana, our women’s soccer side, are in Netherlands for friendly matches against the Netherlands before they take on world No1 side the United States, all excellent preparation for the upcoming Olympics.
And look at the code of rowing which has qualified no fewer than five boats, which tells a story on its own about this code which quietly goes about doing their stuff week in and week out.
Our Blitzboks rugby sevens side ended second on the order of merit for the year, and it looks promising that they could turn the tables on Fiji and other leading contenders when it matters most, and that’s contesting for the gold medal in Rio.
Away from the Olympics but staying with rugby and we welcome the new era as Allister Coetzee takes over the coaching reins.
Most recently wasn’t it great to see South Africa’s dominance of the Comrades Marathon, with the two three men and first two women all proudly South African.
Moving on to Rio and although we take note of and monitor what is happening in Rio with regards to the health issues, our athletes and coaches are fully appraised of the conditions on the ground at all times.