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SABC Sport delivers on cricket and rugby, where the incoming tours to South Africa make for prime viewing, while such classic events as the J & B Met, the Two Oceans Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, the Mandela Marathon and the Durban July are produced for all South Africans. Bu let’s not forget special prime events as the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, which are broadcast by SABC Sport both on television and radio

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14
DEC

Wheelchair basketball in SA is in a rebuilding phase - Gerry Smith

Wheelchair Basketball South in Africa is (WCBAS) is in a rebuilding phase according to their High Performance Manager Gerry Smith. SA used to be the dominant force in Africa but they have stagnated which has seen the likes of Morocco, Egypt and Algeria catch up and even surpass them. Morocco is currently the leading nation in Africa. Wheelchair basketball is a flagship Paralympic sport according to Smith. USA men’s team defeated Spain to win gold medal at the Rio games in 2016, while the USA’s women team also won gold medal to claim the title from Germany. SA did not qualify for the Rio games. SA recently took part in the LWINI (an aid organisation in Angola founded by the former First Lady of Angola Ana Paula Dos Santos) cup in Angola to prepare for the Paralympic qualifiers next year. Four teams from three countries SA, Angola and Switzerland participated in a tournament that was won by SA. Smith says they used the tournament to prepare for the Paralympic qualifiers next year.
13
DEC

Why sports development was going to suffer under SASCOC - Gaibie

Factionalism within the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the amount of time spent on discussing disputes, make it impossible for them to champion sports development in the country. This is the view of labour law expert Shamima Gaibie, who was part of the Ministerial Committee of Inquiry into SASCOC maladministration and financial irregularities. Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa released the findings of the inquiry last week, most of which are aimed at transforming SASCOC and its operations. In this short interview with SABC Sport journalist Velile Mnyandu, Gaibie who worked with retired Judge Ralph Zulman and veteran cricket administrator Dr Ali Bacher, says there was no direction at SASCOC.
13
DEC

Ncita mourns Gabula Vabaza

Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-featherweight champion Welcome Ncita nearly fainted after hearing about the passing away of his protégé Gabula “Slashing Tiger” Vabaza. Duncan Village-born Vabaza, who was regarded as one of the finest boxers to come out of South Africa even though he never won a world title with a credible boxing organisation, passed away late yesterday after a long illness. Vabaza, a former South African flyweight, World Boxing Union (WBU) junior-bantamweight and World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental junior-featherweight titlist, was unbeaten in 29 fights when he retired in 2006 after he failed a medical examination on the eve of an IBF junior-featherweight title fight against Canadian Steve Molitor. The 54-year-old Ncita, who now trains WBC International junior-bantamweight king Yanga Siqibo and Siphamandla Baleni, says he had a father and son relationship with Vabaza. The deceased was the first champion Ncita produced as a trainer.
11
DEC

New coach and changes in game yield winning results for Oosthuizen as he eyes Alfred Dunhill Championship as well

New SA Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has credited new coach Justin Parsons and a different conditioning that is less stressful on his back for the for the winning golf that earned him his maiden SA Open title over the weekend. Oosthuizen says the last six to seven months have been spent focusing on the detail that will help him get better as a golfer. Oosthuizen says he has worked a lot on his short game while also trying to improve on his driving. The change in Oosthuizen’s game has yielded results sooner than anticipated with him having been in contention in the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City a month ago before winning the SA Open at Randpark on Sunday. Oosthuizen will now have his sights firmly set on recording back-to-back wins in this weekend’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.
10
DEC

African countries slowly catching up but we are confident of defending our title – SA U20 netball coach Dumisani Chauke

South African under-18 netball team has started the defence of their title with a bang at the Region 5 under-18 games in Botswana. The team beat Zambia 51-36 in the first match, and also defeated Malawi 49-38 in the second match. SA won gold medal at the 2016 games in Angola. Coach Dumisani Chauke is aware that most African countries are improving in leaps and bounds, but still confident of victory on the 12th. SA is ranked number one in Africa and also number 5 in the world. Most of the players are travelling on the continent for the first time with few having gone out in schools tournaments. Chauke is hoping that most of the youngsters will graduate into the senior team in the future. Meanwhile, the Proteas senior team recently successfully defended their Diamond Challenge Netball tournament, when they beat Zimbabwe 73-44 in Polokwane. SA’s reserve team President’s XII team also claimed four wins out of five matches in that tournament. Chauke says it was good to have two teams competing to increase the pool of players.
10
DEC

We run the risk of being suspended by the IOC & IPC - Gideon Sam

South Africa is running the risk of being suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) if constitutional matters are not respected by the government. This was the view of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) President Gideon Sam reacting to the release of the findings of the Ministerial Committee of Inquiry into SASCOC maladministration and financial irregularities. Minister of Sport Tokozile Xasa released the final report which was scathing of Sam, stopping short of saying he’s not fit for office. Speaking during the SASCOC annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday, Sam gives his overview on this report. The committee which was chaired by retired Judge Ralph Zulman, veteran cricket administrator Dr Ali Bacher and labour law expert Shamima Gaibie handed a lot of recommendations to Xasa. And some of them include SASCOC amending its constitution and appointing a President who is not affiliated to any sports federation. And judging by Sam’s comments it sounds like there’s going to be a problem. Xasa disapproved most of the representations that SASCOC had made and one of those included the recommendation that members of the board who are appointed coming from federations must relinquish such membership or affiliation upon election. Even here Xasa could be heading for a collision course if Sam’s comments are to be noted. The recommendations also propose that the board must serve no more than two four year terms and Sam is currently on his third and final term having been appointed from 2008, re-elected in 2012 and in 2016. He says there’s nothing that says he must step down now in the recommendations.
10
DEC

South Africa eliminated from the Hockey World Cup

South Africa Men’s hockey team were eliminated from the World Cup tournament currently underway in Bhubaneswar, India after losing 5-1 to Belgium yesterday. The odds were massively stacked against the SA men ranked 15th in the world as they took on number 3 ranked Belgium to try and secure progress to the next round but it was not to be. SA could not have asked for a better start when Rhett Halkett set up Nic Spooner after just 35 seconds and South Africa’s most impressive player fired home an early advantage but they let the European team back into the game. Hopkins feels his team can draw positives. The world cup proceeds without South Africa until the 16th of December and Hopkins will be going back to the drawing board with his focus being on the 2019 Olympics qualifiers in June next year.
07
DEC

Louis Oosthuizen takes first round lead at SA Open

Louis Oosthuizen lived up to his pre-tournament billing of being the highest ranked player in the field by shooting an opening round 62 to finish nine under par and take a one shot lead at the SA Open being played at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg. Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya and American Kurt Kitayama are one shot behind. Oosthuizen birdied six of the holes on the back nine and eventually broke away from partner Englishman Matt Wallace at the 13th hole. Oosthuizen says it was one of those rounds where everything went well. The former Open champion, Oosthuizen, is not getting carried away with his first round lead and says tomorrow will feel like a new start as he plays the Firethorn course after starting the tournament playing on the Bushwillow course. Oosthuizen says he prefers playing in tournaments where there are two courses and says he will not go in blind on the Firethorn course after playing it during the week.
06
DEC

Chauke and Muwowo confident of claiming the Vacant WBC Gold International Title

South African boxer Jackson Chauke is confident of snatching the vacant WBC flyweight gold international title when he locks horns with the Zambian Alfred Muwowo in a main bout at Carnival City in Brakpan on Saturday night. Chauke qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and Commonwealth games in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The 33-year old veteran is looking forward to the fight. Chauke’s trainer, Damian Durandt, who is the son to the legendary late trainer Nick Durandt, says they have been preparing for ten weeks. Muwowo who is the current ABU flyweight African champion, says he will prove that his opponent is old. Muwowo’s manager and promoter Christopher Malunga says they have been preparing for ten weeks for the big fight. The tournament will be promoted by Andre Thysse from Real Steel Promotions. Thysse is a former boxer who won many titles in his hey days. The 49-year old is looking forward to the tournament.
06
DEC

Paisley brimming with confidence ahead of title defence at SA Open

Defending SA Open champion Chris Paisley believes winning the tournament earlier this year at the Glendower Golf Course has given him a lot of confidence in his ability to win especially if he plays the kind of golf he can produce. Paisley says he can replicate the winning golf he played in January ahead of the SA Open which started this morning at Randpark Golf Course in Johannesburg.
05
DEC

Ncita speaks about challenges facing East London boxing

Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-featherweight champion Welcome “Hawk” Ncita has lamented the poor state of boxing in East London. Ncita says problems in boxing’s in the area started after the sport was infiltrated by people, whose main aim was to make a quick buck out of the sport. Ncita adds that the infiltration has resulted in East London failing to produce champions from credible world bodies. The former world champion added that many people in East London think they know boxing, while they are clueless when it comes to the practical side of the fistic sport. Ncita, who now trains Yanga Sigqibo and Siphamandla Baleni, reckons that boxers become victims as a result of lack of interest by people with no clue in the sport, getting involved in boxing. Sigqibo is going to fight against Keyvin Lara from Nicaragua in a WBO Intercontinental junior-bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London this coming Friday while Baleni has a date with South African - champion Xolisa Magusha at the same venue on Sunday. The 54-year-old Ncita says East London boxing people need to go back to the basics in an effort to make sure that the sport thrives again. Meanwhile, Ncita says new methods of doing things in boxing should never be discarded as they are going to help in advancing boxing’s cause.
05
DEC

South African sports stars are set to benefit from top-of-the-range training facilities in Tokyo

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has signed an agreement with Machida City recently to allow SA athletes to use their facilities ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Japan. Sascoc had already secured a similar agreement with Iizuka City and Fukuoka Prefecture. Sascoc acting chief executive officer Patience Shikwambane explains the deals. One of the reasons will be to help the athletes acclimatise to the different time zones and also conditions in Japan. The agreement will allow Team SA to utilise the training facilities between 2019 and 2020 at no cost. Shikwambane has more. 2018 was a good year for SA sports in many sporting codes. Sascoc introduced Operation Excellence Programme (OPEX) is designed to offer support to athletes who have potential to qualify for major events and also to bring back medals. Shikwambane says they will have their hands full trying to incorporate new athletes. Many women excelled in their respective sporting codes this year. Caster Semenya had a good year while Banyana Banyana did well to qualify for the FIFA world cup in France next year. Tatjana Schoenmaker in swimming also had an impressive year. Shikwambane was pleased with the progress.

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