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Withdrawal of SAB a big blow for Netball SA ahead of the World Cup - Cecilia Molokwane

Withdrawal of South African Breweries as a headline sponsor is a big blow for Netball in South Africa according to President Cecilia Molokwane. The company has been sponsoring the Netball Premier League for the past five years. The League provided the perfect platform between clubs and varsity players which has resulted in the Spar Proteas making massive strides on the international stage.

Netball SA gives update on the world cup bid - Blanche De La Guerre

Netball South Africa has given an update on the 2023 world cup bid. SA is competing with New Zealand for the rights to host Netball biggest competition which is held every four years. Africa has never hosted a world cup before, while New Zealand is bidding to host it for the third time. The announcement will be made between February and March. Netball SA Chief Executive Officer Blanche De La Guerre says they believe they can host the competition. The bid has received an incredible support from the department of sport and recreation. Last year Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane, CEO De La Guerre, minister of sport and recreation Thokozile Xasa and Director-General Alec Moemi went to Singapore to present the bid to the members of International Netball Federation.

SA selects a strong bowls team for the Atlantic championships in Wales

South Africa has selected a strong lawn bowls team for the Antlantic championships in Cardiff. Wales. The tournament will take place from the sixth until the 24th of May. The team comprises of both men and women and featuring top athletes such as Gerry Baker in men singles and Collen Piketh in the women’s singles. The team will also include pairs, triples and fours events. Bowls SA President Robert Forbes says it is a very strong team. Bowls is a commonwealth sport and SA has done well in that competition. Apart from swimming and athletics, bowls has brought more medals than any other sport in the commonwealth games. Bowls brought back five medals behind Athletics and swimming. Forbes also spoke about other major events in the bowls calendar.

Harris thrilled to break into world top 100 but says he aims for higher

South African tennis player, Lloyd Harris is seeing his career growing in leaps and bounds with his latest victory, a straight sets 6-2 6-2 win over Italian Lorenzo Guistino at the Launceston International in Australia this past Sunday. The win has earned him an ATP singles top 100 ranking for the first time in the latest rankings released yesterday. The Cape Town born right hander saw a jump from a 119 ranking, going 19 places up to break into the special group of top 100 players in the world. Harris joins fifth ranked Kevin Anderson as the only South African player in the ATP singles top 100. Harris has come a long way, previously winning 13 ITF singles titles and four ITF doubles titles. He was at one time ranked the 38th best junior tennis player in the world and in 2015 turned professional at the tender age of 18. At 21-years of age, he is SA’s number two ranked tennis player behind Anderson and he says there is more to come.

We will be confident going into the netball world cup - Karla Pretorius

South African Netball national team player Karla Pretorius says the Proteas will be confident going into the world cup in England later this year. Their confidence stems from the fact that they did very well in the recent Quad series in England last month. They lost to Australia 62-45 in the first match, and then beat England 48-45 in the second match, and then narrowly lost their last match against New Zealand in sudden death, after the two teams were level in extra time. The Proteas have been paired with Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji in Group C. They are expected to progress to the next round alongside Jamaica. Pretorius says their performance at the Quad series will scare their opponents.

Nominations for boxing awards continue

As nominations for the 2018 South African Boxing Awards continues, Boxing South Africa (BSA) chief executive officer Tsholofelo Lejaka, says the process, which opened last month is going to close on Friday, 22 February. The period under review for the awards is from 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018. The BSA boss has reiterated that only 15 of the 16 awards will get nominations from the public while the 16th is divided into two. This will be the Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Achievement Award, and the recipients will be chosen by BSA chairman Dr Peter Ngatane.

Xasa maintains, SASCOC have to implement the inquiry's resolutions

Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa is launching a campaign to defend Caster Semenya as he prepares to take on the IAAF regulations governing females with hyperandrogenism wants to implement. Xasa says together with the department, they are hoping to take this campaign globally culminating with a picket at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new rules will require Semenya to lower her naturally occurring high levels of testosterone to compete in events from 400m to the mile. Xasa says they are doing this for all the African girls in Athletics. Interestingly, these restrictions are only limited to the females running in the 400m to mile and don’t apply on athletes competing in the 100m, 200m or in the 3 000 and up. Leading to Xasa saying this is specifically targeting Semenya and other African female athletes.
Xasa also says they are looking at challenging the medication that IAAF wants to use on Semenya in lowering her testosterone levels.

The Proteas returned home to a hero's welcome at O.R Tambo international airport

The Proteas netball senior national team returned home to a hero’s welcome at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday. The team was welcomed by a small but vociferous crowd waving flags and balloons with a small brass band playing songs. The Proteas had an outstanding tournament at the Quad series in England. Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane was very proud of the team and also explained why England hosted the tournament.

Dusi preparations well on track say GM Steve Botha who also allays security fears

With the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon just under a month away, organizers have provided assurances to competitors over several issues, including the most pressing one of security. Last weekend, a few incidents marred a one-day race on the same uMsindusi and uMngeni Rivers which will stage the world famous race from February 14-16, prompting fears about this year’s Dusi. But General Manager of the popular KwaZulu-Natal event, Steve Botha, says there is nothing to worry about. The 2019 race is the 68th edition of the famous race that starts at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg, makes its way through the Valley of a Thousand Hills and ends at Blue Lagoon in Durban. The course is usually around 120 kilometres and spread over three stages, with this year’s even being a K1 or single class race. The competition interchanges between K1 and K2 or doubles each year and Botha says that they are well on course to deliver another spectacular event. As always with the Dusi, the water is a discussion point. However, Botha says there are no worries about low levels or the quality of water for 2019. He also confirms that the troublesome hyacinth weeds that usually trouble paddles is welll under control this year. Andy Birkett is a living legend of the race and will again be bidding to defend the title he won two years ago. In fact, the 28-year-old also won last year when he teamed up with Hank McGregor to clinch a fifth straight victory and eighth in the past nine years. He is again the men’s favourite this year ahead of the likes of Thulani Mbanjwa and Sbonelo Khwela. The women’s favourite is Christie Mackenzie, a multiple junior winner. But GM Botha is not counting out the overseas contingent to pose a threat this year.

Transformation in netball should happen across the board - Cecilia Molokwane

Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane says transformation in the sport should happen in all areas. The Proteas are currently in England for the Quad Series where they lost to Australia in the first match on Sunday. The team has five black players in the 15-women squad for the series. The Proteas will also play against England on Saturday and New Zealand on Sunday. Molokwane is hoping for more black players in the near future. Molokwane is also hoping that transformation extend to other areas of the sport such as with Umpires and administrators and coaches. There are now two black umpires in the professional ranks. Black Coaches in the professional ranks are also very few.

Caster targets the 800m world record in 2019 - Sepeng

The world’s 800m women’s champion Caster Semenya is targeting the 36year-old world record this year according to her coach Samuel Sepeng. Semenya and her teammates at her athletics club Masai sports club have already started training preparing for the 2019 season from last month. Last year, Semenya swept everything in front of her as she easily defended her diamond league title and was unbeaten in all her races. As they look forward to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar this year, Sepeng says they want to bring down Jarmila Kratochvílova’s (Czechslovakia) 1:53.28 world record that was set in 1983.

Tete hard at work while waiting for Donaire date

Mlandeli Tengimfene, the manager of current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight champion Zolani “Last Born” Tete, has revealed that Tete is sweating it out at training ahead of the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS). Tete will fight against World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight Super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire. According to Tengimfene, they decided to start training for the Donaire fight a month ago even though no date has been set for the duel.

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