South Africas Olympic governing body SASCOC wrapped up their Annual General Meeting in Rustenburg on Saturday after clearly outlining a united sporting front ahead of the planned National Sports Indaba later this year.
SASCOC had staged a day-long workshop on Friday to formulate a strong policy to take forward to the Indaba which has now been set down for 9-10 November, 2011 at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.
The workshop saw 22 strategic objectives being put forward by the countrys various national federations.
Among these were to maximise sport and recreation in every school in South Africa, to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation by offering recreation opportunities, to have an integrated and sustainable club structure and the continued support and identification of talented athletes and SASCOC as the custodian of an Academy system inclusive of Provincial and district structures must forge ahead and regularize this process.
At Saturdays AGM Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen said all role players in the sports movement must take responsibility to ensure the success of the National Sports Plan to come out of the Indaba.
This is not about individuals, everyone must take responsibilty. Were not re-designing the wheel here. This will be a principle sporting plan underpinned by a sound funding model. It will be the what and how of sport with feedback from everyone. Well be able to fast-track transformation and the delivery aspect from all stakeholders. The Sports Ministry looks at it from an aspect of Policy to Practice and a theme of More than just playing.
For his part SASCOC President Gideon Sam said it was vital that the organisation are taken seriously at the indaba. They must look up at us and understand our position. We as the custodians of sport cannot be seen to embarrass ourselves on a platform like this.
Sam also touched on his much touted ideal of 12 medals in 2012 from next years Olympic Games in London. After Beijing 2008 where we only got one medal we realised we didnt have enough money but since then weve put millions into our OPEX programme to nurture our Olympic athletes.
And he had sombre news of sporting expectations. Its stressful but were still holding on to our goals. Were already into the qualification process for 2012 and our athletes are falling by the wayside and only one canoeist, Bridgitte Hartley, has qualified for sure.
Its stressful but the beauty of things is that now the country can see where we stand. Gone are the days when we thought nothing of taking teams of 300 to the Olympics we were kidding ourselves. Now there may only be 30 athletes, who knows, but there will be no passengers.
Also at the meeting Sam wished SARU CEO Jurie Roux well as he and the Springbok rugby side leave for New Zealand and the defence of their World Cup.
For his turn Roux said the team were hugely impressed at the support from South Africa. Weve been humbled by so many letters from our fellow federations. Its amazing how South Africa get behind the Boks. All we ask for is support and well do our very best, not only for our rugby union but also for SASCOC and our fellow federations.
The close to 80 SASCOC member federations were also given an informative insight into international exchange agreements by Ms Mimi Tau, Director of International Relations at SRSA who gave valuable background to matters such as visa approvals and how MOU (Memorandums of Understanding) with other countries can be used to sports advantage.
Sam also paid tribute to Barries Barnard, longstanding president of amateur boxing body SANABO, who is now retiring from sporting administration.
CEO Tubby Reddy also had the following resolutions endorsed unanimously by the general assembly:
1.┬á Athletics South Africa has had elections for the post of President and Vice President and SASCOC also presented to the Portfolio Committee on Sport on Tuesday 16 August 2011 and would not answer on the petition given to the Portfolio Committee and SASCOC sees the matter as closed.
2. That SASCOC must lobby Minister Trevor Manuel that SASCOC must be part of the Planning Committee represented by President Gideon Sam to make a case for the sports movement in the country.
3. SASCOC helped Cricket South Africa with Senior Counsel advice, the CSA Board deliberated long and hard, and eventually decided unanimously their resolution to this issue which they released to the media. The house agreed that the matter was dealt with through this process and therefore resolved that this matter was closed and CSA must be allowed to concentrate on building and developing the sport.
4. It was also resolved that PSA (Powerboat South Africa) is the affiliate member to SASCOC and SRSA. PBRSA (Power Boat Racing South Africa) is not in any way affiliated or a member of SASCOC or SRSA.
The message is clear to all involved in sport administration as well as athletes that there is no place to hide, for excuses to be made, for violation of rules and procedures. Delivery of sport and transformation tops the agenda going forward. In fact CSA were congratulated on their new initiative of setting up a transformation budget from their resources to implement real transformation instead of paying lip service. Well done Cricket South Africa.