President proud of Team SA
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.