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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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We are hoping to win many medals at the All Africa games – S.A Badminton President Glen Brothers

Badminton South Africa President Glen Brothers is confident that the country can win many medals at the upcoming All Africa Team Championships. The event will take place in Port Harcourt, Nigeria from the 22nd until the 25th of this month. The team championships will be followed by the Individual Championships from the 26th until the 28th. Brothers says they have selected a very young team. SA used to be the top ranked nation in Africa with decent ranking in the world. But in recent years they have fallen down the peck due to lack of competing in many international events. Brothers says lack of funding is a major challenge. The strong eight members team features Michelle Butler-Emmett, Johanita Scholtz and Bongani von Bodenstein, who represented the country at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last year. The remaining four members have only represented SA at the junior level. Brothers says there are private sponsors that are assisting them to compete in Nigeria. Badminton is not a popular sport like football, rugby and cricket. Brothers says it is small sporting code which is not lucrative and well paying.
Men-Bongani von Bodenstein, Jarred Elliot, Ruan Snyman, Sean Noone
Women- Elme de Villiers, Johanita Scholtz, Megan de Beer, Michelle Butler-Emmett

World record for South Africa as Ferguson swims around entire Easter Island perimeter

In a bit to end plastic pollution, South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson has set a new world record by becoming the first person to swim around the entire perimeter of Easter Island in Polynesia. Ferguson bravely overcame the hazardous conditions and swam 39.46 miles (63.5 kilometers) over a duration of 19 hours and 8 minutes, finishing ahead of schedule in a swim expected to take approximately 24 hours to complete. Easter Island is a Chilean territory, sitting some 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile and located in the South Pacific Ocean between Chile and New Zealand, making it one of the most remote islands in the world. It is 1,200 miles from the nearest piece of land but even there the water is filled with plastic. Ferguson shares the challenges she encountered. Ferguson used to swim for South Africa in international pool competitions and has since taken to the fiercest passages of open waters in recent years to raise awareness about issues concerning water at large. She has tackled the country’s most challenging open water swims, including the Robben Island Freedom Swim and The Umlanga to Durban Endurance Race. In 2017, Ferguson became the first African woman to conquer the mighty 42km Ka’iwi passage, known as the Valley of Bones in the Hawaiian Islands.

Berman slams ICASA proposed regulations & says this will bring poverty to boxers

South Africa’s longest serving boxing promoter Rodney Berman says the proposed Independent Communication Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA’s) proposed amendment of the sports broadcasting rights is going to collapse boxing and sport in the country. Berman’s company Golden Gloves Boxing promotions is one of the 32 entity’s that have made submissions to ICASA on these proposed regulations. Like most sports federations in the country, they are vehemently opposed to this draft and Berman was clear today that this has got the potential to finish off boxing as a professional sport in the country. Berman says boxing has also been an occupation of disadvantaged societies and if these proposed ICASA sports broadcasting regulations this will lead some boxers and their trainers to poverty. Golden Gloves has been promoting credible world champions for the past three decades from Brian Mitchell, Dingaan Thobela, Baby Jake Matlala, Welcome Ncita, Vuyani Bungu and many more. Berman says these proposed regulations could also lead to inactivity for professional boxers and hit them hard in the pocket.

Steyn preparing for 2019 Two Oceans Marathon in the mountainous Lesotho

The Two Oceans Marathon reigning champion Gerda Steyn, is taking the challenge of defending the title very serious as she is going under intense training preparing for the race. Following her first place in Dubai Marathon (10 KM) this January, Steyn has been training on the open roads of the mountainous Lesotho. With no injuries to distract her, the 2018 champion says that she is excited about the Marathon. There will be quality field of top local and international elite athletes competing in the race, and Steyn is aware that most athletes will be targeting to put her behind, but the 28 year old Ultra athlete remains calm. Steyn points out that she will not approach the race as a Champion, rather as a new race. The 2019 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will take place on the 20th of April in Cape Town.

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