Editorials
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31 Aug 2021
5:01 am

Sport as an important nation-building tool deserves all backing it can get

Editorials

There was an outcry after the stunning victory by Tatjana Schoenmaker in the 200m breaststroke in Tokyo (in a world record time, too) that there was no money to reward her.

Tatjana Schoenmaker greeted by fans as she arrives back in South Africa after winning her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, 2 August 2021.. Picture: Neil McCartney

Perhaps our ANC government is not as thickskinned, or embarrassed, when it comes to criticism as we sometimes think. That’s one way to look at the announcement by Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa that our medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will get significant financial rewards. There was an outcry after the stunning victory by Tatjana Schoenmaker in the 200m breaststroke in Tokyo (in a world record time, too) that there was no money to reward her. The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) is, to all intents and purposes, broke and the government, initially...