Olympics movement 'special'

2011-07-05 14:03

Durban - The Olympics movement was special in South Africa because of its contribution to the struggle against apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"The Olympics movement is special in this country given the solidarity we received in 1964," Zuma said during a special luncheon for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Durban International Convention Centre.

More than 2 000 delegates are attending the 123rd IOC session, which ends on Saturday.

Zuma said the IOC had banned apartheid South Africa from participating in the Tokyo Olympics - a ban that was to span 32 years.

Zuma thanked the delegates for supporting South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

"We are pleased to host yet another major sporting event, and look forward to working with you to ensure the success of this crucial meeting," he said.

Zuma welcomed the 2018 Olympic Winter Games candidate cities, Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang.

"I would like to extend our special welcome to His Serene Highness Prince Albert and our own Princess Charlene of Monaco.

"We continue to treasure the pride that Princess Charlene brought to South Africa as an Olympic swimmer." Zuma said.


  • Krush - 2011-07-05 14:21

    In South Africa it should rather be referred to as the "Special Olympics Movement." Zuma, not everything is about apartheid.

      willieman - 2011-07-05 14:23


      USSA - 2011-07-05 17:47

      Agreed....Can any single black politician in this country NOT say one full sentence without the word Apartheid in it?

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-05 14:25

    I think he has a valid point though I hate bringing the past just to exemplify this occasion

      willieman - 2011-07-05 14:41

      It is the first time the Olympics movement have their meeting in SA,,for protcol purposes the president (this time i support him)is right by thanking the movement about their role in the past

  • Rapier - 2011-07-05 14:29

    One day he will wake up to realise that instead of the Violin he should been playing, it has turned, somehow into a saw, and the song of reconcilation that Madiba sung has died........the time has come, for those who really want our beloved SA to move into the modern era, to think more about UNITING our people, and not always hark back to the dark days when they were disunited. But THAT takes strength of character, and integrity.

  • jjhvan - 2011-07-05 14:30

    Picture the future: Pres. de la Rey extended his gratitude towards the Special Olympic Movement for it's contribution towards the struggle against black oppression in South Africa and promised another couple of million ton's of food aid to the African countries that still depends on the food import.

  • Viper - 2011-07-05 14:42

    Africa – Beggars of the world…..

  • john meier - 2011-07-05 14:51

    Well soon there will be a movement against corruption, theft and murder.

  • Fedup - 2011-07-05 14:55

    2000 delegates that ends on Saturday, is that why my electricity has suddenly gone up? Who is paying for this?

  • Curveball - 2011-07-05 15:04

    Sod the Olympic Movement. They need a bowel movement to get rid of all the crap in the ANC.

  • Nintendo - 2011-07-05 15:16

    i wonder what comments would have been posted if we had news24 back in the "good old days" then i guess its trying to spot a white person who supported apartheid.....

      ratex - 2011-07-05 16:34

      Dont be a chop. Most of us whitites did not support apartheid. We never contributed to apartheid. You can thank verwoerd and his NP volk for that mess. But you lot view all white folk as NP racists and that is your downfall. Instead of moaning and moaning and moaning, why dont you all get off of your collective arses and do something about your lives. But no, you resort to blaming tactics, stealing, burning, fraud, tneder fraud, rape etc etc etc. In nature, most organisms are on somekind of upward evolutionary path, you lot are on a de-evolutionary path, but in the same breadth all you can do is blame everybody else for your own shortcomings. WTF?

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-05 16:42

      Ratex....Many thanks. Great comment.

      za101 - 2011-07-06 20:26

      a lot of whites in south africa are born after the end of apartheid

  • The Buzzz - 2011-07-05 16:24

    Great speech Mr. President... also great that you acknowledged Princess Charlene, not only did she make us proud as a swimmer but we could also learn a lot from Monaco with regards to economic development based on tourism. As for Slingervel and the like below, it's loosers like you who are holding this country back, perhaps you should consider taking everything you didn't steal and go back wherever your forefathers came from "you are toxic".

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