President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

The closing date for the Team South Africa mascot competition has come and gone and we look forward to the announcement of the winning entrant and of course the lucky winners who chose the winning mascot.

This will all be revealed soon when the nation will also see the kit that the team will wear to the Olympics and Paralympics. That will all happen before we go into the Easter recess.

We continue to have very fruitful discussion around the Academy framework for South African sport. I can report now that we are in the process of appointing a facilitator who will work with a team to be appointed through the structures in the provinces.

Before this can happen, the tertiary institutions will meet and table the work that they have put together in this regard. All measures will be taken not to reinvent the wheel, because during the stewardship of Rev. Makhenkesi Stofile, then Minister for Sport and Recreation, hours were spent discussing and documenting what an academy system should look like in this country.

After the meeting with the various tertiary institutions, the focus will move to the provinces where all stakeholders will debate and interact to formulate the framework.

There are thrills and spills in various codes and arenas as our athletes work hard to put in the qualifying time required by their respective federations. Good news of course is that SRSA has made a substantial financial contribution to the preparation programmes of the various federations that will be involved in the Olympics and Paralympics.

We welcome this gesture from the Department because the contribution will go a long way in assisting our cash-strapped federations.

The death of Fred Visagie came as a huge shock to us in the sports movement. Fred, the secretary of the SA Sport Anglers and Casting Confederation, played a leading role in his sports code and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We at SASCOC mourn with his family and offer our prayers in these sad times.

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