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SASCOC’s Sam finishes Two Oceans in awareness campaign

SASCOC President Gideon Sam successfully completed Saturday’s Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon in Cape Town as part of a bid to raise awareness of the SASCOC/SAIDS awareness campaign against drugs in sport.

Sam was one of a team of more than 10 runners who made up the I Play Fair team and was joined by Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) CEO Khalid Galant, former Springbok rugby player Ashwin Willemse and Proteas cricketer Makhaya Ntini.

Sam and the team completed the tough 21.1km course in a time of two hours and 25 minutes (2:25).

The SASCOC President was encouraged by publicity generated by the campaign, this after an I Play Fair team also competed at the Pick n Pay Argus cycle tour.

“It’s a start,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “The I Play Fair campaign should grow and be taken to all corners of the country.

“It will require that we make a concerted appeal to more former greats of sport to promote the I Play Fair concept not only through road running but all other sporting codes as well.

“In that way more people will start taking note of what we want to achieve. It was also great to see ex Bok rugby skipper Bob Skinstad coming through for his medal.

“There are more like Ashwin and Makhaya who should come forward and spread the message of fair play in sport.”

On the subject of his run, Sam said: “The SASCOC/SAIDS team ran a well-controlled race… slow on the uphill but making up time on the flat and downhill sections.

“I’m definitely motivated to get more involved in this important campaign with SAIDS.”

Sam also took time to thank the behind-the-scenes support. “I must take my hat off to a marvellous support team, ably led by SASCOC’s Patience Shikwambana.”