SA squads to be based near Twickers
THE South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have announced that West London will be the base for their pre-Games training camps for the 2012 Olympics.
This follows extensive planning and research by a Sascoc task team earlier this year.
The South African Olympic athletes will be based at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, and the Lens- bury club, and will make use of a number of top-quality sports clubs venues in the area.
Sascoc president Gideon Sam said, “In line with all our planning for the 2012 Games and the run-up to London, it’s absolutely critical that we quickly identify the areas where we are going to train. We are delighted to announce St Mary’s and the Lensbury clubs as our choice of venues.
“It’s important that we get the support structures in place, and also build and maintain sporting relationships in England that will benefit our athletes both pre-and post-2012.
“I must say that in the runup to the 2012 Games, it’s fantastic that we were able to identify a training camp venue so early on.
“It’s very important that we do it right and get the athletes into the international atmosphere at an early stage and let them get used to their surroundings. They must be exposed to the international set-up. The Beijing Olympics were quite an eye-opener and I think some of the athletes were a bit over-awed.
“Hopefully these kinds of camps will help. It’s all part of the greater scheme of things, trying to look after the athletes.”