International Sport

Rowing in Rio: men’s duty four crew

ERIN SLINGERLAND
Jonty Smith, Vincent Breet, Jake Green and David Hunt are four names to remember this Olympic year. These four make up the men’s heavy duty four rowing team. They became South Africa’s fifth boat to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, with only two spots up for grabs at the final qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in June. Hunt and Green are UP students who have experienced a journey to qualification that has, by no means, been easy. The team missed the qualifying time at the World Rowing Championships in France last year August, and some adjustments to the team were made by promoting Lawrence Brittain (former UP student) and replacing Sizwe Ndlovu. Coach Roger Barrow said that although this was a new crew, all the athletes had performed internationally. The pressure leading up to qualification had been immense, and as Breet explained, for four years of training to come down to six minutes of racing was “mildly terrifying”.

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Leicester’s fairytale rise

THANDO CELE
Leicester Football Club are an English professional football club based in Leicester at the King Power Stadium. They play in the Barclays English Premier League (BPL), having been promoted as champions of the Football League Championship, England’s second division, in 2013/14. This signalled their return to top tier English football after a decade away. Perdeby spoke to AmaTuks coach Shaun Bartlett to gain a greater understanding of this moment in history for football, based on his expertise in the field and recent experience of the near relegation of AmaTuks in the Absa Premier League.

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English Premier League at a glance

DYLAN JACK

The English Premier League kicked-off on 8 August and after two months is set to be an exciting season. Fans have seen big wins and upsets that accompany a wide showcase of goals.

Arsenal started off the season in a nervous fashion with a 2-0 loss to West Ham, but has improved as the season has progressed. One of their key victories this season was a 3-0 victory over Manchester United, proving what the club is capable of when star players such as midfielders Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, perform. The club has been challenged with a gap in their defence with key defender Laurent Koscielny who has been missing for a good part of the season. Ozil will look to continue proving his value to the club after Arsenal reached into their pockets for 40 million pounds to sign him from Real Madrid.

Chelsea, last season’s champions, started off the season with a 2-2 draw to Swansea City and defeat to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton. Their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City showed some hope of improvement but the team will need to do better to achieve a spot on the log to play in Europe.  Star players such as winger Eden Hazard and midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas, have been unable to display the same performances that they did last season.  Manager Jose Mourinho has been seen to struggle to get the same performances from the defence that lead the club to the title and has raised concerns around the club with his infamous media outbursts.

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SA deaf cricket team competes internationally

ERIN SLINGERLAND
On 5 March the South Africa Deaf Cricket Association held a capping ceremony for the players who represented South Africa in Dubai at the first Deaf International Cricket Council World Championship from 8-14 March. South Africa played against England, Pakistan and India.

The team consists of 15 men. Many of the players were born deaf, and range between the ages of 22 and 38 years old. Edward Khosa, the senior cricket manager, started off the evening by highlighting the opportunity the players had been presented with and said, “Deaf cricket tournaments are limited. The deaf cricket team last played against an international team [England] in 2013. Now in 2016 they have once again been offered the opportunity to showcase [their] talent and compete against the world’s best in [their] fraternity.”

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Boks are gone but not forgotten: “We are still proud”

THORISO PHASHA AND ZUKO QUSHEKA

Following the days after the recent Springbok loss to New Zealand, a recurring statement has found its way onto many social media networks as Springbok fans reflect on the 2015 Rugby World Cup journey: “We are still proud.”

Heading into their first game, the Springboks were considered favourites to top their group that consisted of Scotland, Samoa, Japan and the USA. The script was written in the hopes of the Springbok team demolishing the less favoured and less physical Japan team. The last-minute Japanese try broke South African hearts, in a match where the Springboks were seen to implode, and lead to Japan’s 34-32 victory. The result was a wake-up call for the team as the nation struggled to come to terms with a match that was supposed to be a relative “walk in the park”.

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