President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

Our final media briefing of the year went off very well this week and judging by the questions and comments we had, all indications are that there will be substantial interest in the South African team for the London Olympics next year.

If this is indeed the case then we would have gone a long way to achieving what we set out to do, namely ensuring that this time around, the SA public will know who is in the Olympic and Paralympic teams.

This will form a great platform for us to take our athletes into the lounges of the SA public. In the same way that a hype was built around Bafana Bafana; our Proteas cricket team and the Bokke, so shall we built a hype around our teams to the Olympics and Paralympics.

There are plans afoot to have a series of events where the SA public will get to meet our athletes and interact with them. My dream of 12 medals for London remains real and we will be asking the media to help spread the message and their presence here at Olympic House this week gives us hope that they are warming to our dream.

Now I am off to the Caribbean where the Commonwealth Games Federation will meet in St Kitts and Nevis for their elective congress. The last elective congress was in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The sitting President, Mr Mike Fennell, will not make himself available and only one nomination for his position has been received.

There are four candidates standing for the two vice-president positions and I have put my name forward to see if I can impress the congress to support my strong views of where the Commonwealth Games Federation should be going. I firmly believe that with so many global events, the CGF must up the pace to ensure that we remain up there with the best.

We saw in India that some of the best athletes did not show up and that is a concern to all of us in the Commonwealth Games family. We must continue to make the Games attractive to all our athletes in the Commonwealth. ┬áI will enter the race on that ticket so here’s hoping it all goes well.

We have a new Director General in our Department and Mr Mokoditloa Moemi has moved into office after the death of Mr Vernie Pietersen. We welcome him aboard and look forward to a very close and long relationship with him. On behalf of the entire sports movement we say a big thank-you to Ms Summaya Khan for holding the fort over the past months.

She was also there to listen and give advice and happily for us, she will still be there to continue her good in the Department.

One Comment

  1. Mzolisi Kota

    November 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Dear Sir
    You were just elected recently, as Vice President of Commonwealth Games Federation.
    Your election as Vice President shows that,we do have Brainy people and peple who knows sport in South Africa.

    You deserve to be there.

    On those words,I just want to say CONGRATULATION.


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