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National Lotteries sponsorship a boost for team SA

Funds are to be utilised towards the delivery of Team SA to the Olympic Games.

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula sits at Sascoc House ahead of press conference on 28 May 2015. Picture: Morena Mothupi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Lotteries Commission has confirmed its partnership with Sascoc in funding athletes and their programmes for Rio 2016 and beyond.

The sponsorship commitment, valued at R70 million, will provide much-need injection into addressing athletes' requirements in the lead up to the Rio Olympics.

These funds are to be utilised towards the delivery of Team SA to the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games. Some funds will be used for athlete preparation for these games.

Chairperson of the NLC, Ntshengedzeni Nevhutanda said, "Besides being the largest funder of sport in South Africa, the National Lotteries Commission has a long standing partnership with the Olympics and Paralympics through its relationship with Sascoc.

"We are very honoured to extend this association in the interests of our athletes who will be competing with the greatest of world sports.

"Through this historical alliance, we at the National Lotteries Commission have seen our athletes perform at the Olympics since South Africa was re-admitted into the global sports organisation.

"We have witnessed the outstanding achievements of our sportsmen and women who have, on numerous occasions, brought us glory. The NLC is confident that our on-going partnership with Sascoc will bring continuous development and further success for our athletes."

President of Sascoc Gideon Sam said, "SASCOC would like to thank the National Lotteries Commission for the huge sponsorship they have contributed to Team SA. This relationship with the NLC is not new but dates back from the time when we re-entered the Olympic movement. The NLC has been involved in funding our development and OPEX programmes which ultimately results in the preparation of our world class athletes."

Sam added, "The public's support is also appreciated because the money they use to purchase lotto tickets go a long way towards supporting Team SA and adding to their success."

Chief Executive of Sascoc, Tubby Reddy reiterated that, "The NLC has always been partners with Sascoc and we are grateful for their continued support towards the development of our athletes. We have always maintained that sponsorship, as shown by the NLC, is vital to our ability to produce world class athletes."