Olympics 2012

Games honour for UCT prof

2012-07-18 16:20
Wayne Derman (File)
Johannesburg - A Cape Town University (UCT) professor will be chief medical officer for the South African team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, the university said on Wednesday.

Wayne Derman, professor of sports medicine with the UCT and Medical Research Council research unit for exercise, science and sport medicine, will accompany the team, UCT said in a statement.

The medical team would take care of 63 athletes and 50 officials.

It comprised two medical doctors and eight physiotherapists, including a classifier to ensure South Africa and other countries field the right athletes for the correct events.

Derman held a similar position for the national Olympic teams which went to the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 games, and the Paralympic team which went to Beijing in 2008.

"I'm actually looking forward to London possibly being one of the less challenging of the travel challenges," said Derman.

He was confident the Paralympic team would return with a good medal haul.

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