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Jobodwana: Home talent needs to be supported

The athlete says Telkom’s move to sponsor the SA Olympic team shows they have listened to the people.

FILE: Anaso Jobodwana has won gold in the men's 100 metre event at the World University Games. PICTURE: IAAF

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has welcome the sponsorship of Telkom into team South Africa ahead of the Olympics.

Telkom has been announced as the official Olympic sponsor of the South African Olympic and Paralympics teams in a multi-million rand deal.

The sponsorship will allow South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to expand Team SA, including more qualifying athletes, giving our local talent and opportunity to compete on the world's greatest sporting stage.

Jobodwana was one of the many outspoken athletes who criticised the company's pairing with Usain Bolt, questioning why South African talent wasn't approached rather.

The runner says it's a good move from the telecommunications giant.

"I guess they heard the athletes complain as well as other South African's who argued that home talent needs to be supported before anyone else. For them to do this, it shows they were listening to the people, so that's great."

Jobodwana, who famously sprinted alongside Usain Bolt in London four years ago, says his preparations are back on track.

"I went through a stumble after World Champs and got injured. I'm in Durban now getting in some training. In two weeks' time I'll be back to full training."

The Olympics get underway on 5 August.