One year to Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics: Team SA sign pre-games training facilities agreements with three cities in France

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have announced the signing of agreements with three cities in France on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at an event hosted... Read more
One year to Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics: Team SA sign pre-games training facilities agreements with three cities in France

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have announced the signing of agreements with three cities in France on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at an event hosted by the South African embassy in France.  The event was attended by the mayors from the three cities, local media and key stakeholders. 

The three cities are Montpellier, Sète and Millau. These agreements aim to provide South African athletes with access to state-of-the-art pre-games training facilities in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. 

These training camp agreements are a crucial component of SASCOC’s comprehensive plan to fully prepare South African athletes for Paris 2024. 

SASCOC has previously signed similar agreements. In 2013, SASCOC signed an agreement with Gemona in Italy, which granted South African athletes access to top-of-the-range training facilities. Likewise, in 2021, agreements were signed with two cities in Tokyo as part of the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, due to the global lockdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, these training facilities were not utilised by the South African teams. 

Mr. Barry Hendricks, President of SASCOC, expressed his thoughts, stating, “This marks the first step towards establishing a positive, meaningful and long-lasting relationship with France. We are always open to signing agreements that will benefit our federations and athletes. Agreements of this nature greatly contribute to preparing the athletes and support staff of Team SA for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.”

“We extend our gratitude to the Mayor of the Metropole of Montpellier, Philippe Saurel, the President of the Agglopole of Sete, Francois Commeinhes, and the Mayor of the Conurbation of Millau, Emmanuelle Gazel, the President of Spartner, Jeremy Botton, and their teams for providing our athletes with this incredible opportunity,” Mr. Hendricks added.

Ms. Nozipho Jafta, CEO of SASCOC, emphasised the significance of this development, saying, “We are extremely excited about this opportunity. With just over a year remaining until the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, these agreements are vital to the success of our teams. Our athletes will experience the standards of global training facilities as they enter the final stages of their preparation.” 

Ms. Jafta concluded, “We look forward to fostering more relationships that will benefit our team.”

Issued by SASCOC

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