Sascoc confident Team SA will bring home gold from Rio
Deputy Sports Minister Oosthuizen’s expressed pride in the team selected to represent SA in Rio Olympics.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) says it's confident Team South Africa (SA) will manage to bring home medals in the double digits, as 139 athletes prepare for the Rio Olympic Games.
Olympics 2012 gold medallists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh are among some of the medal hopefuls, along with the likes of Wayde van Niekerk, Caster Semenya and the Springboks Seven.
Team SA was formally announced this morning.
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Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen has expressed his pride in the team selected to represent SA at the Olympic Games.
Team SA has been set the challenge of achieving at least 10 medals this year - that's four more than their 2012 target.
But Oosthuizen believes the team has what it takes.
"We acknowledge and appreciate the athletes' finesse, expertise and prowess in your specific discipline of sport."
Gold medal recipients will also walk away with a cash incentive of R500,000, silver will take home R250,000 and while bronze medallists will bag R100,000.
'TEAM SA NOT GOING TO RIO TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS'
At the same time, Sascoc President Gideon Sam says there is great excitement around the naming of South Africa's Olympic team.
Today sport committee named a 139-person team to represent South Africa at next month's Olympic Games.
The team boasts a wonderful mix of youth and experience, comprising of current Olympic and world champions as well as younger stars that have been performing domestically.
In front on a packed Sascoc House, Sam said Team South Africa was not going to Rio to make up the numbers.
"We made it a point, many years ago, that this country can be a force to be reckoned with on the world staged of sport."
One hundred and thirty-nine athletes will represent the country across multiple sporting codes which has seen the inclusion of sevens rugby and golf - in both of which South Africa's athletes are expected to shine.
An incentive program has also been devised to incentivise athletes to medal at the games.