Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
4 Aug 2014
4:49 pm

SA confident in bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Wesley Botton

South Africa's Olympic governing body is confident of launching a successful bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, following a solid effort by the SA team at the recent quadrennial spectacle in Glasgow.

FILE PICTURE: Rushwahl Samaai won long jump bronze and Zirk Viser silver. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen / SASPA.

“We’re going to need a lot of assistance and a lot of volunteers to make it a success, but South Africa always comes to the party when we’re called upon,” SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam said on Monday.

The national squad finished seventh in the overall table, with 40 medals, at the 30th edition of the Games, which came to an end on Sunday.

“We are not a rich country and we will need to work smart with our money to ensure we are supporting our best athletes moving forward,” Sam said.

“Those who did not perform in Glasgow may not receive support in future.”

Gold Coast, Australia, will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Durban will be up against Edmonton, Canada, as potential hosts of the 2022 showpiece.