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Team SA finally settles in Botswana and scoops 12 medals on first day of competition

Team South Africa have scooped an impressive 12 medals all obtained by the judokas on their first day of competition. These included four gold, six silver and two bronze spread amongst boys and girls competitors.

The TEAM had to contend with very challenging circumstances upon its arrival at the games Village, which is at the University of Botswana. The accommodation block which was set aside for the team, was not occupation ready. This was despite the assurances from the organising committee that the accommodation would be ready for occupation from the recce visits SASCOC made to Botswana. It turns out some of the Univesity students had not yet finished their exams and still had about two days left to write at the time of our arrival.

Working with the organising committee, all practical and available measures and steps were taken to solve the issues, including a call alert by SASCOC President Gideon to the South African Consulate in Gaborone. In the end the Team including management had to settle to the basic accommodation conditions and await their rooms to be ready. Our team showed great composure and resilience and worked co-operatively with the LOC.   Consequently, all accommodation challenges have been resolved and Team South Africa has been allocated and moved to their own block where they are sharing (two athletes per room), as per norm in all Games athletes’ villages. Beds and linen have been provided and the athletes have settled in well.

We had a pleasure of being visited by the Minister of Sport and Recreation Ms Tokozile Xasa on 6th December, who took time to greet the athletes. Still on yesterday’s events we had the flag raising ceremony, to welcome the team to their “new home”.   We are also very pleased that the Tennis players, netball and men football teams also commenced competition on Thursday and overall our athletes performed well. Other sporting codes are busy with training and preparation for their competitions.

Chef De Mission of Team SA, Isaac Mdaka commented, “Despite a few challenges we faced on arrival regarding accommodation, we have worked tirelessly in conjunction with the LOC and these glitches have been resolved. Team South Africa is now settled in their allocated block where they are sharing two athletes per room.

“We are also impressed with the great kickstart and amazing performance displayed by the team so far as they bagged 12 medals from one sport (judo) in the first day of competition. Despite challenges faced on arrival and the scorching heat in Gaborone, our team has remained focused and are keeping their eyes on the ball through good performance.”

“As team management we continue to work hard and support all our athletes’ needs as much as we can so that their stay in Botswana is comfortable and they can obtain as many medals as they can,” concluded Mdaka.

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday late afternoon at the Botswana Stadium.


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