Cape Town - The
greatest sporting spectacle, the Olympic Games, are only a
year away and Wednesday, August 5 marks exactly 365 days to go before
the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,
And South African sport is coming to the party to mark the occasion on this important date.
The much loved and ever popular national team mascot, Chukuru the
rhino, visits three major South African cities - Johannesburg, Durban
and Cape Town - on Wednesday, August, to spread awareness of the Rio
At each city Chukuru is being introduced to the public who will have
the opportunity to mingle and have their commemorative photos taken with
The one-year-to-go show kicked off in Gauteng this morning where
Chukuru visited four Gautrain stations - these being Hatfield,
Centurion, Midrand and Sandton, starting at 06:00 and ended at 08:45. A
bonus for the sporting public was that the national sports mascot was
accompanied by 2010 Youth Olympic Games Equestrian bronze medalist
Samantha McIntosh and they handed out chocolates to commuters.
Chukuru was also in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the City bidding to host
the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Africa for the first time. Members of the
public caught up with him on the beachfront promenade between 06:00-08:00 and
then he’ll also be at Ushaka Marine World Village Walk between 13:00-15:00.
The final city visited by what looks to be an extremely busy Chukuru
will be Cape Town and the Mother City will see him visiting the V&A
Waterfront between 15:00-18:00.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: “With only a year to go before the
biggest sport spectacle - Olympics, begin, we continue to encourage our
athletes to do the final push in their preparations.
“The Olympic and Paralympic selection criteria which were recently
announced, ensure that South Africa will be represented by world class
athletes who will compete at the highest levels at this event.”
SASCOC president, Gideon Sam added, “Our athletes are honing their
skills in various parts of the world in preparation for Rio 2016. Our
excitement is growing and with one year to go, the focus is firmly on
what each athlete can deliver in Rio.”
Reddy encouraged members of the public to catch up with Chukuru and experience part of the Olympic celebrations.