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President’s Voice – Gideon Sam

SASCOC has taken several steps to ensure that there will always a constant flow of talent from grassroots level up.
A conference was held in Manguang last weekend where over 600 delegates turned up to deliberate on the blockages for sport development in the country. After listening to various inputs the delegates got down to business to discuss in detail the issues causing challenges.
The one thing that came out very clearly is the madness of structures to duplicate activities. People were reminded that they should stick to their respective roles and sport development will be made easy and resources will be well used.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula once again reminded delegates that funds are hard to come by and that we in sport must be smart in the way we do things. We all realised that to be able to do our work in sport will require viable structures from local level up to national level.
Talent identification cannot take place without proper programmes and leagues at lower levels of our sporting rung. The next step following the adoption of the resolutions is to follow up with the training of coordinators for all our District and Metro Sports Councils. There is no going back now, we have to forge inter-relationships with all the stakeholders involved in sport development.
We are hugely grateful to SALGA (South African Local Government Association) for playing such a great role in this conference.
People interested in sports should do themselves a favour and familiarise themselves with the White Paper on Sport and Recreation, the bible for sports administrators.
There’ll be a change after this national conference pertaining to how districts and wards contribute to sport. Districts have to be hands on and act upon our resolutions in adherence to the dictates of the National Sports and Recreation Plan.
‘There should be good club development in districts, corporate governance, equity, gender balance, nurturing of sport at grassroots level, talent identification and transformation.
SASCOC will work collaboratively with District Coordinators and assist them to market their activities through the SASCOC website – where a section will be created specifically for districts. Grab the fans and bring them into structures through effective use of social media, a free marketing tool that the world is now using.’
Once again it gives me great pleasure so see from our sporting performances that we ARE on track for Rio.
Track and field, for a code that has been bedevilled with so many administrative problems, is punching away above it’s weight right now. Akanie Simbine and Hendricho Bruintjies have now both gone under 10 seconds for the 100m! And then look at Carina Horn equalling a 25-year-old 100m record.
Wayde van Niekerk is going places in the 400m and things are really looking up for track and field. Well done to the track and field medal-winners at World Student Games in China as well. Good to see Commonwealth 400m hurdles champ Cornel Fredericks also bouncing right back from his lengthy time out with injury.
Then there were the two silver medals for our rowing crews at the World Cup in Lausanne, Switzerland and look at Greg Minnaar winning a world-record 18th World Cup downhill title. Imagine if downhill was an Olympic code!
African cycling is also making itself felt with MTN-Qhubeka’s great showing in the early stages of the Tour de France and giving this code some excellent international exposure.