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SA hockey team back home

2012-05-08 09:02

Kempton Park - The South African men's hockey team was greeted by a small crowd at OR Tambo International airport on Tuesday on its return from Japan, having qualified for the London Olympics.

The SA team won their Olympic qualifier tournament on Sunday, beating hosts Japan 2-1 in the final in Kakamigahara. South Africa finished the tournament as the only unbeaten team in six matches.

According to strict SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee requirements, the team had to win the tournament to qualify for the Olympics.

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Comments
  • ShottaZee - 2012-05-08 09:14

    That team is not representative of our nation. Serious transformation is needed after the Olympics. More blacks must be put in!

      Gavin - 2012-05-08 09:19

      Just like the US athletics and basketball teams are representative of that nation?!!!

      Brendan - 2012-05-08 09:23

      @ShottaZee the national teams should be chosen on merit not colour, why are you not complaining about Bafana Bafana not being representative of our country?

      shaun.madison - 2012-05-08 09:26

      We are all South Africans - color, background, religion should play no part in demotivating those people in this wonderful country who wish to aim for the stars. Let's please all be positive, not negative - working together to achieve our dreams.

      ShottaZee - 2012-05-08 09:39

      The reason why sponsors are not forthcoming tis because men hockey remains exclusive to certain members of our society. All I'm asking for is for the doors to be open to all South Africans. That of course should start at schools and so forth. We can't be blind to reality. @Gavin, you can't compare us with the US. Ours is a young democracy. @Brendan soccer is the only sport where Blacks and White remained equal during apartheid and up to today.

      PumaFred - 2012-05-08 09:46

      Clearly u r colour blind.

      Deon - 2012-05-08 10:19

      everybody has the right to join a hockey club abd progress through the ranks there. There is no classification on colour at that level or at school level. they are all given the opportunity. These guys have personally sacrificed so much and worked so hard to get where they are - with no hand-outs, free-be's, support or any easy road, and thats why the blacks have not been present to make the team

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-08 10:23

      @shottazee dude Bafana Bafana does not have equal number of white/black players... The sports department should sponsor sports like hockey for development in townships if they want black players in the teams...

      Chuck - 2012-05-08 11:08

      Ass. At least we have a team going. And guess what? It is filled with South Africans. Bleddy poephol!

      Paul - 2012-05-08 11:21

      @ShottaZee You're an idiot. You need the best players in a team. Not the best looking players. If you selected players off a colour pallet alone, our performance would'nt be representative of the best our county has to offer. As for sponsorship, its got nothing to do with exclusivity of Hockey. Hockey is available country wide. "More blacks must be put it".. wow. You're not ignorant at all. In fact, look up ignorant in a dictionary for me please. As with any sport, the selectors MUST select the best athletes for our National teams. Period. Your mother should slap you.

      rory.litchfield - 2012-05-08 12:54

      @shottazee you epitomise the worst type of SA sports supporter. instead of celebrating a magnificent achievement by a team of dedicated self-funded sportsmen you pull the race card! # lessnoisefrom thepeanut gallery

  • shaun.madison - 2012-05-08 09:21

    Welcome home guys. Hoping you will use the new "Smurf Turf" as a training venue at some point in your build up for London so that we can organise a "Large Crowd" to show their support for you all.

      Deon - 2012-05-08 09:56

      well said shaun Lets give them crowds they have never seen before and give them the support to build more confidence to be able to perform and show the rest of the olympics that they are stayers, fighters and men of grit They have shown all south africans they can so lets do it for them.....!!

  • Joobie Craig - 2012-05-08 09:31

    @shottazee why don't we celebrate the fact our national side will be going to the olympic games instead of complaining about transformation all the time

      ShottaZee - 2012-05-08 09:40

      Joobie hence I said "after the Olympics". Hockey remains an exclusive sport.

      Deon - 2012-05-08 10:35

      @shuttupee - well even after the games whats going to change? go talk your crap somewhere else if you havent anything positive to add to the hype, dont try spoil it - or is that our intention? I suppose golf is also an exclusive sport, ..............

  • Richard - 2012-05-08 10:20

    @Shottazee: How do you propose transformation happens in an amatuer sport such as hockey? There is no money at any level and there never has been. The players have always had to fund there own way.

      Gavin - 2012-05-08 10:30

      The best comment i have heard regarding 'transformation' in sport recently came from Fikile Mbulula who acknowledged that quotas etc had achieved nothing. The best way to integrate all sections of the population in sport was to start by inculcating a sporting culture from school level. Football remains, and will for some time, the sport of choice for the majority in SA. @Richard, you are correct in saying that hockey has had to be self-funded. There are more people of colour entering the sport, thankfully. But to lower standards to 'transform' just kills the desire for sports people to pursue excellence.

  • Nicolette - 2012-05-08 10:44

    I watched the game on Sunday morning. Very well played guys, you should be very proud of yourselves! You deserve to be in the Olympics! And they really are an attractive bunch of young men. I'm surprised not more women watching hockey.

  • robin.mowatt.5 - 2012-05-08 10:46

    @ShottaZee - I do not know if you play hockey yourself ShottaZee, but I am heavily involved in many aspects of hockey, and perhaps you are not aware of it, but every single union at all levels, and mostly from grass roots level are doing what they can to develop sustainable transformation in hockey, not a smoke screen. You probably have not seen many school matches to see how many talented young players of colour that we have coming through the ranks, and this is really exciting for the sport, for boys and girls hockey. So before you do make any further remarks, please go do your homework, and perhaps we would appreciate a positive contribution by you to help us promote transformation in the game of hockey, and I am sure you will be welcomed.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-08 13:59

    @shottazee You know nothing about hockey and the transformation it has undergone. Go and look at provincial and school level to see the real transformation. The reality is is that African men and women are not big into hockey. There is a large coloured presence and a medium Indian presence (in KZN). The other fact is, is that if a "representative" team was sent to this tournament, we wouldn't be havig this discusion because there would be no mens team going to the Olympics!!

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-08 14:00

      "Coloured"

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