President's Voice – Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice – Gideon Sam

The period leading up to the elections is in every organisation a difficult period to be in, because you try to plan.
This planning can be seen as arrogance because new people may be elected and not be keen on the plans you have put on the table.
So one continues to manage the aspects of the organisation that must be dealt with – like appearing before the Portfolio Committee for Sport and Recreation.
Our visit was to give an account on the recent Games in Rio.
The report on the performances was well received but the issue of the tracksuits took a considerable chunk of our time.  The issues raised by the members will be dealt with in future when the suppliers do their planning.
There are Federations that are doing their strategies for the next quadrennial and that is a good sign to deal with the lessons learned from Rio immediately while it is still fresh in the mind.
We all agree that we can do better at these Games if the planning is well in advance and the athletes are assisted to finalise their programmes.
Not just the athletes must receive attention but we should also work closer with the coaches to ensure that the service to the athletes is complete.
Now is also the time to draw the tertiary institutions closer to the planning for the next quadrennial for all those technical inputs.
Going forward it will be an exciting time for South African sport because we all believe that we must raise the bar.
Meanwhile our swimmers continue to shine on the World Cup circuit and keep the SA flag flying high. The Amajimbos have reached the final of the BRICS tournament so lets hope they go and become inaugural champions.
And the UCI Road World Championships are also underway in Doha, and it’s good to see that we have a good-sized team doing duty, a sign of the healthy state of this code right now.
Well done to our cricketers for whitewashing the Aussies in the ODI series but the true test will come on the away leg of the series.