Cape Town - South
Africa's rising sport stars are geared up to shine once again when they
showcase their talent against the best university athletes from around the
globe at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea between July 3-14.
SA finished eighth out of 162 nations at the 2013 edition in Kazan, Russia by
securing a total of 14 medals (seven gold, three silver and four bronze).
de mission Nomsa Mahlangu is confident they can again show their class in
Gwangju, where they will compete against 169 other countries.
have a proud history at the World Student Games, and we believe we are taking a
team that will carry the South African flag with pride," Mahlangu says.
national squad includes some of our nation's most accomplished athletes, as
well as a number of rising stars who are eager to showcase their skills, and we
feel we can improve on our previous performances at the Games."
Africa will be represented by 114 athletes in seven of the 21 sports codes
being contested at the 28th edition of the multi-sport showpiece.
football team were the first to arrive in Gwangju last week, in order to
prepare for the tournament, and the rowing team left on Monday.
athletics, swimming, golf, gymnastics and shooting contingents had a staggered
departure schedule starting on Wednesday.
Sport South Africa (USSA) has wished the team well, as they aim to challenge
for glory at the prestigious biennial event.
have full confidence in the athletes, and regardless of their results we know
they will give their best," says USSA president Tyrone Pretorius.
wish them the best of luck throughout the Games and we trust they will carry
the weight of a nation with honour and pride."
partners including various national federations, Lotto and Sport and Recreation
South Africa, have made the team’s participation possible.
World Student Games is a great platform to showcase what South Africa has to
offer the world of Sport. It does not only prepare our
young athletes for their future in sport but it also develops talent for our
country. We send our young athletes to the world knowing they will hopefully
fly the South African flag high and make us proud as a nation therefore
giving practical meaning to what we are - a winning nation." says
Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.
The competition starts on Friday,
with the football, volleyball and water polo events getting under way, and the
official opening ceremony will be held at the Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium