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CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy

Our President, Mr Gideon Sam and I have just returned from a most exciting time in the Caribbean and here at SASCOC we are absolutely delighted at our President’s appointment as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

This is certainly an exciting time for South African sport, as they surely couldn’t have appointed a more passionate sports administrator.

However, while we were still clearing our celebratory glasses in the Caribbean, we were hit with the news of the death of yet another youngster ÔÇô that of former Springbok Solly Tyibilika. What a terrible tragedy and at SASCOC we are grieving with SARU, and members of the Tyibilika family. Our sincere condolences to all of them.

On a happier note I am always excited to see small projects grow into great successes and Cynthia Tshaka’s Sports Heroes Walk Against Aids (SHWAA) foundation is now anything but a small project. SASCOC has been in partnership with SHWAA since its infancy, which is why we were delighted to welcome Deputy Minister Gwen Ramakgopa and Discovery CEO, Jonathan Broomberg to this years’ Sports Heroes gala dinner, hosted by SASCOC right here at the Olympic House.

The evening was a roaring success. The Honourable Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula, members of the South African and Australian cricket teams, some of our OPEX athletes, Olympic champions, former rugby players, HIV /Aids activists, etc all graced the evening with us, and we managed to raise much needed funds to this great cause! Well done to all who have been involved in some way or other.

Speaking of cricket; the two teams who were dining with us will conclude their Test battle here in Johannesburg this weekend and good luck to our Proteas. And while the Proteas will be looking to wrap up this series; SASCOC will be busy with the Coaches Conference this weekend. A three-day workshop, it will highlight the issues around SA sport, the core of which is that of coaching. Thereafter the Honourable Minister will host the 2011 Sports Indaba next week, which SASCOC is only too delighted to be part of.

It is also with great sadness I announce that we have had to place the Karate SA and Powerboat SA National Federations under SASCOC administration that will now be administered by our selected board members, James Letuka and Kobus Marais respectively. We said from the outset that we will not tolerate anything less than the standard set for our members and any federation that fails to comply will face the consequences.


  1. Tebogo

    November 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    (hey media person who writes these articles, please pass this message onto Tubby)

    Dear Tubby,

    SA womans hockey team draws 5-5 against the top team in the world. and you don’t want to send them to the Olympics even after they qualified through the FIH criteria by winning All Africa Championships.

    All you are doing is breaking the olympic dream of 32 top athletes (men and women) and for what ?

    Such hypocrites, your own charter says: “the main objective (of SACOC) is to promote and develop high performance sport in the Republic of South Africa”

    So how does not sending the teams to the Olympics do that ?

    Have the guts to respond…..

  2. Tubby Reddy

    November 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Dear Tebogo

    Thanking you kindly for your valued input. Here at SASCOC we always value criticism, however harsh, in the hope that something constructive will come out of it.
    Indeed our women’s hockey team drew 5-5 against the top-ranked Holland team yesterday but what also needs to be understood is that such is the depth of the Netherlands hockey side that they are at liberty to field substantially different strength sides for various fixtures and who was to say that was the first-choice side on the field. Having said that the Proteas did very well to draw and their efforts are duly noted.
    In terms of the qualification route, it has gone on record on numerous occasions that SASCOC are not wanting to take individuals or teams to London next year for the sake of appearance or mere participation. We want our sides to perform and come as close to medal-winning performances as possible.
    At the last Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008 our men ended 12th out of 12 teams and our women fared only marginally better, ending 11th. Under no circumstances do we want a repeat of this, it does nobody’s reputation or image any good.
    May I also explain further by saying that the women’s African Championships had a total of just four teams taking part – South Africa, Egypt and two other nations. By all accounts South Africa would probably have needed only to arrive at the tournament to qualify. Is this really what we want?
    Let us use another sport, that of waterpolo, to further elaborate. SA Waterpolo applied to participate in the African Championships qualification event for the Olympic Games. African Swimming, after finding out that no other countries had any interest in qualifying, indicated to FINA that South Africa was the only applicant. FINA then informed both CANA and Swim SA that by virtue of South Africa being the only applicant, South Africa qualified for the Games without playing any competition. Are SASCOC supposed to select them as well?
    I understand that this is a highly emotive issue, it always is, Tebogo, but I ask for your understanding on this issue. When all is said and done we want to leave for London next year in the knowledge that each and every individual in that team is there on ability, will not be disgraced, and will represent their country exceptionally well.

    Yours sincerely
    Tubby Reddy (Chief Executive Officer) SASCOC

  3. Tebogo

    November 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Firstly thank you sir for taking the time to actually reply. I am amazed you actually did. Credit to your editor who posts these things. So thank you !

    I understand your argument, but think of it from the sports point of view. As an amateur player myself if you remove these top players Olympic dreams how are we ever going to grow the sport ? how can they get experience at the top level if they are not even allowed to compete at the top level ?

    I remember when NOCSA didnt send the hockey team to the Sydney Olympics and how all the top players in the national team quit after that (cause lets face it, they dont get paid so whats the point) There is even still alot of bitterness with those players today and have never even touched a stick after 2000, so they where lost to SA hockey. Ask them if you dont believe me

    So all it did was take the sport back by 10 years, imagine where we would today as a sport if those players actually went to Sydney in 2000 and that experience and lessons had been used to better the performance for Athens and then Beijing etc. How can you expect to grow a medal winning team in four years ?

    So this team now, yes London 2012 is important, but how is not sending the team going to affect our chances at Rio 2016 ? I will tell you how, school kids will choose other sports cause they have nothing to aspire to in hockey. The top players will stop sacrificing their lives for a “dream” that wont come true and the sport will die more and more.

    I am just an amateur hockey lover that is passionate about the Olympics. Speak to the players though look at the case studies with other countries and sports.

    Thank you again for your time and for listening to me. I pray for wisdom and I hope you will restore my trust in South Afican sports administrators.

  4. Charles Losper

    December 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I agree with tebogo how will they excell, gain experience or perform the way they should if they are not given the opportunity to experience what it is to play at that level.

    We sound like some employers now who looks for experience in a certain field from a school kid who has just finished twelve years at school.

    I played in the 2007 and 2008 world darts championships in the UK and what an awesome experience it was for me the first time i went. It motivated me to better my dart performance for i wanted to be there the very next year again and i did it. I eventually ended in the last sixty four out of a total of 160 players from around the world.

    The only thing that kept me back from participating in the 2009 and 2010 world championships was finances as i had to sustain myself without a sponsorship and i could not afford it.

    Well said once again Tebogo.

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