Cash injection for Swimming SA

The Department of Sport will sponsor R2.7 million, while Sascoc will pay R435,000 in aid.

South African Olympic Swimmer Chad le Clos. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced his department will offer financial assistance to cash-strapped Swimming South Africa.

The R2.7 million sponsorship will help the national team's campaign at the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona.

Mbalula said the sponsorship will make sure South Africa is represented well at the competition and that the funding is a stop-gap measure.

Earlier in 2013, Swimming SA announced it would not have enough cash to sponsor the entire team.

Fortunately, elite swimmers like Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos are covered by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

Sascoc also announced they will give Swimming SA a further R435,000 in aid.

Swimming SA's Shaun Adriaanse said the funding lifts a massive burden off the body and swimmers.

"For us, it's about the athletes. This will take the burden of the financial contribution off the athletes and make sure they go to Barcelona and just focus on competing."