Cape Town - South
African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday announced its commitment towards
supporting the national Olympic and Paralympic governing body South
African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to deliver
Team South Africa to various global multi-coded sporting events with
immediate effect and continuing through to Rio 2016 Olympic and
The announcement, which comes just ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth
Games in Scotland, was made at a press conference held in Johannesburg,
where both SAA and SASCOC signed the official contract.
SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali says: “SAA’s partnership with
SASCOC shows our commitment towards promoting South Africa’s
professional sporting heroes. As the national flag carrier, we are proud
to be associated with this national initiative and our pledge serves as
a contribution to ensure that our country is able to showcase its
talent on an international stage”.
The three-year sponsorship is in the form of air tickets, which
enables participating athletes and officials to fly to various sports
destinations in the 2014-2016 period leading up to the Rio Olympic and
Paralympic Games. This will greatly assist in the preparation and
delivery of Team SA to various international events.
Speaking at the event, SASCOC president Gideon Sam expressed his
gratitude for SAA’s coming on board: “The issue of travel is always a
vital part of our planning and strategy here at SASCOC. In the modern
world it’s hugely expensive to get to various events around the world
and this generous gesture will enable our athletes to test themselves
against the very best in the world.
Added SASCOC Acting CEO, Vinesh Maharaj: “We once again express our
sincere gratitude to SAA for their magnanimous support. Our athletes
will travel in comfort and style, all the more reason for them to
perform well at the various international games.
“Our sponsors go a long way to ensure that the team performs to the
best of their ability. SAA will issue air tickets to athletes and
officials both during team preparation and delivery hence all we need
from our athletes is their utmost effort to work hard and bring home
more medals for the country.
“In our preparation leading up to Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic
Games, we urge athletes to utilise all opportunities that come their way
and make our sponsors proud by remaining on course and performing to
the best of their abilities.”