CEO's Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy | SASCOC - SASCOC

CEO’s Chair ÔÇô Tubby Reddy

Preparation for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London continues to keep us stretched to the very limits but we’re getting there.

It’s good to see a growing sense of Olympic and Paralympic awareness in the South African sports family as the Games get closer. The trick will be to keep the public interested in Olympic and Paralympic sports long after the games have been concluded.

Among my recent travel was a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, the host city of the 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014. Desiree Vardhan,  the project manager for Team SA delivery at these games, accompanied me on this trip. Glasgow is already in advance of the demands to deliver in 2014.

I didn’t have much time to touch base here at Olympic House and then headed off to China to meet our clothing sponsors Erke and take delivery of Team South Africa’s kit for the kit launch this week. Seeing the new kit in its finished form only serves to again bring home just how close we are getting to the business end of this four-year cycle. The kit launch is on schedule for 4 April.

We look forward to the big day where we will not only reveal what our men and women will be wearing, but make public the new Team SA mascot. It’s going to be very interesting to see just which of the six choices, you, the SA sporting public, voted for.

Shortly before I left for Scotland we were pleased to announce the Procter & Gamble (P&G) sponsorship here at Olympic House. At a time where our team delivery is – to some extent – still dependent on our financial resources, this partnership couldn’t have been secured at a better time.

P&G’s commitment to the Olympic Movement goes above and beyond the current crop of athletes, as they have also pledged their support to the school’s sports development programme. This alone excites our President greatly and should also put a broad smile on the Honourable Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s face. Look out for some exciting campaigns, powered by P&G for our athletes. These will include one that is dedicated to moms, with the message that ‘behind every athlete is an even more amazing mom’.

On yet another sad note I just cannot get over how many of our sporting fraternity we’ve lost this year already. Our continuous prayers and thoughts go out to the Visagie family on the passing away of Fred, who was secretary of the SA Sport Anglers and Casting Confederation.

Then, more recently, we were hit by the terrible drowning tragedy that rocked the Motherwell Rugby club in Port Elizabeth. And let’s not forget the passing of judoka Justin Goosen. All these tragedies hit us extremely hard at Olympic House and we owe it to their memories to continue to give our sporting family every last bit of support from day to day.

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