Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
7 Aug 2021
8:00 am

How some South Africans would love a ‘do-over’ in Tokyo

Wesley Botton

Only swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker in the pool, and surfer Bianca Buitendag did South Africa proud.

Kurt-Lee Arendse of the South African sevens rugby team runs with the ball in the match against Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics. The sevens team were one of the big disappointments from Team SA. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

When we play board games at home, if seven-year-old Lexi doesn't like the throw of the dice, she asks if she can throw again. Unfortunately, her older sisters give her no leeway and her requests are invariably denied. "No do-overs." It is a rule, of course, and it's an important one, otherwise we'd never finish a game. Lexi, however, isn't the only South African who would roll again if they could. For all the success of the first half of the Games, the second half of the Tokyo Olympics has seen one crushing blow after the next. We couldn't have...