'Team SA will improve'

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen (R) and Talk Radio 702's John Jobbie at the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk race in Johannesburg on 22 July, 2012. Picture: @Abramjee via Twitter
South Africa's Lawrence Ndlovu, Caster Semenya and Bridgitte Hartley upon arriving back from the London Olympics at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen on Tuesday said he is confident Team South Africa will improve on its Olympic medal tally at Rio 2016.

Shortly before Team SA departed for the 2012 London Olympics, sports administrators set a target of 12 medals.

This might not have been achieved, but the team managed to win six medals, three of which were gold.

Oosthuizen said the athletes will raise the bar at Rio 2016.

“I think we will do better than we did in London. The building blocks are there. We are in a four year cycle of preparing athletes for the Olympics.”

The deputy minister said after the poor performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, officials needed to set targets to motivate the team.

“I think we’ve done very well.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)