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

Bonuses are nice, but it’s time Sascoc offered help to emerging athletes first

Wesley Botton

What does it really help dishing out bonuses once the athletes are already on the podium?

Young sprinter Shaun Maswanganyi is among a group of emerging athletes Sascoc should be funding and looking after now, rather than paying bonuses to athletes who've already made it. Picture: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

For all the efforts this week to raise funds for South Africa's medallists, the sad reality is that a lack of bonuses is the least of our problems in the wake of a relatively disappointing Olympic Games. After securing 10 medals in Rio five years ago, the SA team bagged just three at the Tokyo showpiece which ended last week. And while Tatjana Schoenmaker and Bianca Buitendag deserve recognition and rewards for their efforts, a shortage in funding runs much deeper than that. If we really want to help athletes in Olympic codes, long-term investments need to be made, not...