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Govt proud of Team SA

2012-08-14 09:41
Johannesburg - The government is proud of the South African Olympic team, which arrived back in the country on Tuesday morning, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said.

"We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games," he said.

"Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness. Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa's dreams."

Manyi encouraged the country to honour the team by wearing the national sporting colours.


Earlier, Lead SA and the department of sport asked the public to give the team a heroes' welcome.

Silver medallist, Caster Semenya, the "Golden" rowing team of Sizwe Lawrence, Ndlovu Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith, and bronze medallist in the K-1500m kayak event Bridgitte Hartley, arrived from London on Flight SA 237 and SA235 on Tuesday morning.

Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos, who returned home on Thursday, were at the airport to join the other medallists.

Supporters were asked to bring posters, banners, and vuvuzelas to welcome home Team SA.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee leadership and the medallists were expected to address the crowds at the airport.

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