SASCOC saluted the victorious South African rugby sevens side after they grabbed the gold medal at the World Games in Cali, Colombia on Friday.
The sevens side beat Argentina 33-24 in the final to win gold in the final World Games sevens competition as the code has now been incorporated into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“What a fantastic win,” said SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy. “This win certainly goes down as a historic moment for South African sport as the guys will be remembered for winning the last World Games rugby sevens gold medal.
“It’s very heartening to see this group of players under the wing of coach Vuyo Zangqa go all the way here in Cali. They have made Team SA proud as well as the entire nation back home.
“It’s also great to see that we have certainly upped our game since the last Games in 2009 where we won three medals.
Lifesaving and sevens rugby also both won medals in 2009 and these Games saw our tug-of-war girls force their way onto the podium and announce themselves as a force to be reckoned with.”
Team SA have now won two medals in the lifesaving code and one in tug-of-war and rugby sevens. In keeping with our medal incentive scheme, Ms Jean Kelly, Chef de Mission of Team South Africa, confirmed that SARU will receive R300 000 from SASCOC that will go towards the continued growth of the Rugby 7s team.
The Games come to a conclusion on Sunday.