SA bids farewell to Paralympic team

South Africans in the OR Tambo International Airport to give Team SA a send-off as they embark to London for the 2012 Paralympics on 21 August, 2012. Picture: LEAD SA

JOHANNESBURG - South African fans on Tuesday congregated at the OR Tambo International Airport to wish the country’s Paralympic team luck ahead of the London Games.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee President Gideon Sam and International Olympic Committee member Sam Ramsamy attended Tuesday’s send-off.

Ramsamy told the team he wanted to hear the national anthem played at the London Games as many times as possible. 

Mbalula said he was confident the team would bring back lots of medals and called on South Africans to rally behind athletes.

Fans at the airport said they were proud of the team and wished them well on their journey to the world’s second largest sporting event. 

Team South Africa finished sixth at the Beijing Games four years ago, securing 21 gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

The Games run from August 29 to September 9.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)