Olympics 2012

Mbalula happy after Games trip

2012-07-23 21:54
Fikile Mbalula (File)

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is content with the conditions of the Olympic Village after visiting the South African team in London.

Mbalula spent half a day in the village and officiated a flag-raising ceremony with chef de mission Patience Shikwambana, the ministry of sport and recreation said in a statement on Monday.

"I am quite satisfied with the quality of living for our athletes," Mbalula said.

He hoped the SA Olympic team had taken confidence from the Proteas cricket team's victory over England, including a national Test record of 311 runs by Hashim Amla, and Ernie Els's victory in the Open Championship at the weekend.

"Hopefully with the motivation they received from Ernie Els, Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith [who made a century in his 100th Test] and the Proteas' win on British soil will inject some dose of podium finish," Mbalula said.

The sports ministry said Shikwambana had taken Mbalula on a tour of Tuscan House, where the South Africans are based for the three-week Games.

Mbalula inspected the athletes' medical facilities and living environment.

The 30th Olympic Games officially start in London on Friday, with the opening ceremony, but the South African team will begin their campaign when Olympic debutants Banyana Banyana face Sweden in their first match of the women's football tournament on Wednesday night.

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