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Update from Olympic House

The year 2015 has started out on a good note with most of our South African teams performing well in their various international sporting competitions thus far.

This promises to be yet another busy year for SASCOC, as we thrive to excel in our daily business of sport.

At the moment, we are as enthusiastic as ever and working extremely hard together with other stakeholders to prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid process. As a nation, we recently noted that our counterpart, Edmonton, Canada decided to withdraw from the bid process to host the Games, citing financial constraints and challenges.

We can assure you that this bid of ours, Durban and South Africa is neither reckless nor is it not carefully planned. It is important to note that:

i)              Our games are affordable

ii)             95% of the infrastructure needed is already in place. We will only need upgrades.

iii)           Many facilities and services needed are already part of the roll out plan from the sectors of government as delivery towards the NDP 2030.

However we are still required to follow due process and lodge our bid with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the deadline for this lodgement process is 2 March 2015.

Important to note in the first quarter of the year are the road shows that SASCOC led by the President, Gideon Sam, are going to host. These road shows will be hosted in partnership with key stakeholders at both national and provincial levels. The main aim is to gauge the progress of sport in the various provinces and they will act as a follow up to the road shows held in 2013.

The project, which begins on 21 February and ends in March 2015, aims to engage leaders within sport, as well as professionals and institutions at district and provincial levels about pertinent aspects needed to address lack of visibility and effectiveness of sports structures at the local levels. It is also to identify education and training needs tailor made to their own circumstances, which are accredited by various education bodies.

On another note, we wish the Proteas all the best as they are currently at the Cricket World Cup being held in New Zealand. Do the country proud and remember as a nation, we are all rallying behind you.

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