President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

Two matters which I have dwelled on in the past worth are definitely repeating in this latest update. They are: the carnage on our roads involving athletes and then... Read more

Two matters which I have dwelled on in the past worth are definitely repeating in this latest update.

They are: the carnage on our roads involving athletes and then the terrible waste in some of our areas across the country of infrastructure that stands empty that could be used by sport.

In April we lost eight players in a bus accident. The Zululand team for the Intellectually Impaired was returning from their cluster games in Richard’s Bay when their bus overturned on a hill in kwaCeza.

MEC for education in the province, Mr Mchunu, had some strong words to say about the safety of athletes during such trips.

Sascoc expressed condolences and was represented by the provincial sports confederation president, Mr Hlongwane, at the memorial service of these unfortunate athletes.

On to the second matter that has been occupying me lately. Doing the rounds in the Free State recently, I was once again saddened to see some solid buildings standing unoccupied in many areas.

These buildings could so easily been converted into indoor facilities for sports like judo, boxing, table tennis and many others.

We will definitely raise questions around these buildings when we meet with the leadership of district councils and metros in June in Bloemfontein. As sport we cannot be clamouring for infrastructure when it is there for the taking.

I recently attended the South African Confederation of Cue Sport championships at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg and credit should be given to some federations who quietly do their bit for transforming South African sport.

With limited funds the Confederation of Cue Sport is doing their bit. Mr Saths Reddy and his executive deserve support for what they are doing. Like so many other lesser known federations, they are overlooked by sponsors.

As for ongoing sports happenings, it’s great to see the Soweto Open tennis tournament getting some good coverage. It’s always encouraging to take sport to the people and good for tennis to showcase itself in such an enormous metropolis like Soweto.

I see our junior golfers are continuing their great form and have won the Africa Junior championships in Mauritius, which bodes well for the code, especially as golf is part of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Our team for World BMX Championships in New Zealand has been announced and on the other side of the world we have Team SA about to take part in the ISO World Games in Panama.

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