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Minister wishes SA sprinter well

2012-07-26 16:51
Sibusiso Ndebele (GCIS)

Banyana Banyana had a sad start to SA's medal charge at the Olympics losing 4-1to Sweden.

Johannesburg - Young 200m sprinter Anaso Jobodwana received a special message from his father's boss on Thursday when Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele wished him well for the Olympic Games.

"On behalf of the Correctional Services family, we wish Anaso Jobodwana well in the 2012 Olympic Games," Ndebele said in a statement.

"We are certain that he will do our country and the Correctional Services family proud."

Jobodwana is the son of Mkhuseli Jobodwana, director for remand administration and case flow management at the department's head office in Pretoria, the department explained.

He will compete in the 200m sprints.

He is currently studying at Jackson State University, Mississippi, in the US.

The Team South Africa handbook for the Games lists the King William's Town lad's favourite food as pasta and his favourite film as "Men in Black",starring Will Smith.

His motto is "winning" and he apparently has no pet hates.

He turns 20 on Monday.

In an interview earlier in July, he said he had not initially expected to go to the Olympics because he had been injured for most of the 2011 season.

He qualified for the Games in the men's 200m when he dipped under the 20.55sec Olympic qualifying mark at the 17th International Athletics Meeting in Velenje on 14 June with 20.50sec.

His first qualifier was at the Mississippi Open in Oxford, USA on 14 April with 20.32sec, making him the fastest athlete in South Africa this season.


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