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Student medalists to receive reward

Sports Ministry will compensate students who win medals at the World Student Games in Russia.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the Cultural Sports Day in honor of Mandela day which will see Bafana Bafana and the Boks play on the same day, at the same stadium. Proceedes will go toward the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said athletes at the World Student Games in Russia who win medals will be rewarded.

Speaking to Sports Talk, Mbalula said, "Gold medalists will receive R10, 000 and we're still deciding on other medalists. We'll also be welcoming them when they arrive at the airport on Saturday."

"The aim is to say we're a winning nation, you've done well and deserve to be recognised. They represented us well."

DOPING

When asked about doping Mbalula said it was a worrying trend.

"It's terrible for sports because athletes inspire people so we must name and shame the cheaters."

Meanwhile, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) cut ties with Athletics South Africa in June after members ignored sanctions placed on its board.

The minister said the matter is not over yet as they are still negotiating.

"I'm optimistic we'll overcome this and our athletes will remain in the Operation Excellence programme by remaining under Sascoc."