Sam, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president, was speaking at the umbrella body’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.
“We don’t want mediocrity, we want to be the best of the best,” Sam said, reiterating the Olympic body’s ‘no passengers’ policy.
“We put a plan in place to identify athletes way in advance and support them, and we are supporting our coaches to make sure that our athletes are the best.”
Sascoc was widely criticised ahead of the 2012 London Games for setting a target of 12 medals, with the national team securing a total of six.
“We review our structures regularly to see if they work, and if we want to achieve our goals within this quadrennial, we have to follow all processes that make sports succeed,” Sam said.