SA bids farewell to Commonwealth games

On 13 March, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced that Durban will in all likelihood no longer host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The President of the Federation, Louise Martin, after conducting a review of South Africa’s current preparation for the games, said that they were now “exploring alternative options, including a potential replacement host”.

This decision comes after months of speculation about South Africa’s ability to host the Games after Government missed various deadlines and financial obligations. In an official statement released by the CGF, they claim that South Africa has not been able to fulfil its commitments made in their bid in areas such as governance, venues, funding, and risk management.


TuksSport hosts annual Stripe event

On 8 March, TuksSport hosted its annual Stripe UP event. This is the third time that the event has been hosted. The aim of the event is to celebrate and welcome back the 2015/2016 Stripe Generation, which is the name used to represent the diverse athletes that represent UP, while introducing first years into the TuksSport community. The event was centred on the “elevate your greatness” hashtag, which promotes excellence and success at TuksSport. The event was attended by an abundance of TuksSport staff, sporting clubs and teams such as AmaTuks, the UP Varsity Cup team, and the Tuks Women’s Rugby 7s team.

The main speakers at the event were UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Cheryl De la Rey, and Acting Director of TuksSport, Toby Sutcliffe. They both highlighted the achievements of the previous year, which included the 46 athletes and support staff who attended the Rio Olympics last year, and the three medals won by TuksSport athletes.


ASA timing glitch

The recent ASA Series Meeting in Bloemfontein on 8 March 2017 was shrouded in controversy after numerous athletes registered personal best times and record-setting benchmarks. The legitimacy of the results was questioned after it was declared that the official timing equipment had malfunctioned in the men’s 100 m race.

In a statement Athletics South Africa’s (ASA) President, Aleck Skosana, said, “The transponder in the starting device did not react at the start. It’s a new system and we will have to find out from the [private] company what caused it.” Skosana sought to clarify the speculation surrounding the other races as he stated, “In the other races, we can’t discredit the athletes until we know whether there was an issue with the times.’’ The ASA President further stressed the point that “there is no reason at this stage to question the rest of the results.’’ According to TuksSport News, social media was buzzing with speculative banter after the athletics meeting, with many questioning the fact that so many athletes coincidentally ran personal best times all on the same day, especially when the timing equipment had malfunctioned on that very day.


HPC produces SA’s biggest talent


University sport is now in full swing, and High Performance Centre (HPC) athletes such as Akani Simbane have already shown off their incredible talent. HPC is the first South African elite performance sports facility, and has been active since its launch in 2002.

The Centre offers world-class training facilities that include five gymnastic halls, six rugby fields, an athletic tartan track, and a fitness gym. The Centre also offers medical and nutritional support and employs various Sport Science staff to assist their athletes. The HPC established the TuksSport High School to develop young athletes so that they can fulfil their sporting goals, while providing them with quality education.


Steenkamp makes triumphant comeback

UP 100m hurdler Rikenette Steenkamp recently made a heroic comeback from the sidelines after struggling with a recurring foot problem. Steenkamp was sidelined after undergoing surgery to remove an extra bone in her foot that had been causing her discomfort for quite some time, preventing her from running. She went through rigorous rehabilitation and hard training to return to the track, and this culminated in Steenkamp running a Varsity Athletics record time of 13.24s at the Varsity Athletics meeting in Potchefstroom on Friday, 3 March. Steenkamp spoke to Perdeby about the long journey back.


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