Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
17 Jul 2021
8:15 am

Tough road ahead as SA team chase medals in Tokyo

Wesley Botton

Considering the chaos they had to negotiate in the build-up, a handful of medals will be a valuable return from the national squad.

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa celebrates after the men's 200m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Will he bag another Olympic medal in Tokyo in the coming weeks? Picture: Ian Langsdon/ EPA

Ongoing troubles around the world nearly saw the Olympic Games being cancelled. Now, with the additional struggles we are facing as a nation, the Tokyo showpiece couldn't come at a better time. Major sports events have a history of lifting South Africa's morale and bringing us together. And while the Springboks will do well to secure a rare series victory over the British and Irish Lions, it's not quite the same as a World Cup. As much as a series win would be a welcome boost to rugby fans, for South Africans who don't watch rugby, they are unlikely to...