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2020 OLYMPICS

Patience Shikwambana: The First Lady of Team SA

By GARY LEMKE in Tokyo 

Meet Patience Shikwambana, Team SA’s chef de mission at two of the last three Olympic Games’. What’s a chef de mission, you might ask? A glance at Google and the role is accurately summed up: "One of the primary responsibilities of a chef de mission is to be the spokesperson for the entire team in the lead up to and during the Games. They are also a mentor, supporter, and cheerleader who aims to motivate and inspire the team while protecting the performances of the athletes."

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Anaso Jobodwana

Jobodwana flying the flag as SA’s sprinting senior

By GARY LEMKE in Tokyo

He might be one of the seniors in the squad but Anaso Jobodwana takes nothing for granted. So, when he was given the news that he’d been selected as the flag bearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics closing ceremony he took a few moments to collect his thoughts. “I haven’t really fully processed what it means to me and what an honour it is,” the 29-year-old sprinter said.

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