Swim SA gets royal lifeline

2012-02-29 11:43

Cape Town - Former Olympian and Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, has offered to host the South African Olympic swimming team at no cost, ahead of the London Olympics, Eyewitness News Sport has reported.

The radio news service quoted South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) CEO Tubby Reddy as saying the princess would allow Swim SA to base its operations in Monaco free of cost from June 1.

"We only have to cover travel expenses. She will take care of everything else. She'll provide the facility, nutrition and accommodation," said Reddy.

Swim SA is in financial strife following the exit of a major sponsor and problems with Lotto funding.

Wittstock represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the women's 4x100m medley. She retired from competitive swimming in 2007.

She married Albert II, Prince of Monaco, in July 2011.



  • zaakiro - 2012-02-29 10:58

    Brilliant now we just need to find suitable brides for some of the other princes around the World... Very noble of her and the long as it benefits the SA team, it's a positive step

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-29 12:28

    What happened to the money allocated to sports for the Olympics -that’s the question – Karlheinz you should know the government budgets for this and then comes along the sponsors? “Hello world soccer 2010”

  • dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-29 12:34

    This is brilliant. It is sad that someone outside of SA has to show our Swimming body here how valuable our swimmers are. That photo of Charlene is not very good though, she is much more attractive in real life.

  • Graham - 2012-02-29 15:21

    She could be hosting more officials than swimmers!!!

  • Carol - 2012-02-29 16:13

    Well done Charlene! A true South African at heart! Just sad that you have had to rescue us at the 11th hour. I would however like to ask Sport SA where the money is for funding our Olympic swimmers????? You waste millions on our USELESS football team yet you don't have the funds for our swimmers to go to the Olympic Games - SHAME ON YOU!

  • Arthur - 2012-02-29 16:25

    A great gesture from a wonderful lady and Springbok Thanks go to her husband for his generosity and may our swimmers repay this kind act by doing some good things at the Olympics

  • Hugh - 2012-02-29 19:55

    She's a very nice Lady. Pretty pathetic for it to come to this though...

  • christo.cilliers - 2012-03-01 06:55

    it is a TOTAL disgrace that the government is not helping out here. SWIM SA carries the South African Flag high when they represent us overseas. If they are helping out, it's probably small change compared to the money being stolen and wasted! Shame on you government! Good on the Princess of Monaco for hosting them.....

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-01 09:10

    A fantastic gesture. Come on corporate SA, our swimmers will prove their worth at the Olympics. This country not willing to back their swimmers? A disgrace!

  • marvin.eagles - 2012-03-02 12:03

    Very cool

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