Pres­i­dent proud of Team SA

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - TNA RE­PORTER news@the­newage.co.za

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has con­grat­u­lated the per­for­mances by ath­letes in the re­cent Com­mon­wealth Games.

The team brought home 37 medals which in­cluded 13 gold, 11 sil­ver and 13 bronze medals across a broad range of dis­ci­plines.

The South African team ended in sixth place in the over­all stand­ings on the medals ta­ble.

The top achiev­ers are the ever present win­ners Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh while sprint­ing sen­sa­tion Akani Sim­bine won the coun­try’s first gold medal in the 100m race.

Caster Se­menya won gold for the 800m and 1500m races and Martin Eras­mus won South Africa’s first Com­mon­wealth wrestling gold medal in 60 years.

“We are im­mensely proud of our team for this out­stand­ing per­for­mance that has placed the spot­light not just on our sporting prow­ess but also on how our so­ci­ety is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all South Africans to re­alise their hu­man po­ten­tial,” Ramaphosa said.

“I wish to en­cour­age all South Africans to sup­port our ath­letes and the gov­ern­ing struc­tures to en­sure even greater per­for­mances mov­ing for­ward.”

Ramaphosa re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of sports in build­ing a healthy and co­he­sive so­ci­ety and said that he would per­son­ally con­grat­u­late ath­letes when he meets them upon his re­turn from the Com­mon­wealth heads of govern­ment meet­ing in Lon­don this week.

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