The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ...10 Boston Marathon titles ... South Africa’s, Ernst van Dyk set a new Boston marathon record with his 10th victory in the wheelchair race. Unbelievable! Van Dyk is one of the most underrated and unheralded SA sportsmen in history and one of the good guys to boot.  He dominated the 42km race from start to finish, winning in 1:20:36 to clock his second fastest time in Boston. “South Africa needed [more]

Lotto Answers Leave More Questions

Lotto Answers Leave More QuestionsSportsFire has been following the Lotto trail in SA sport and Graeme Joffe put the following questions to Sershan Naidoo, Manager National Lotteries Board: Beneficiary & Player Relations; and Media Liaison GJ:  SA Rugby got a grant of R15 million in April 2012 – March 2013. Why would a company whose revenue rose in 2013 to R795 million get a grant and what was the grant [more]

The return of racial quotas in South African Sport

The return of racial quotas in South African SportBoth Cricket South Africa and the South African Rugby Union have recently reintroduced racial quotas, requiring that a certain number of ‘players of colour’ are included in teams. Andre M. Louw, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, examines the history of racial quotas in South African sport. He highlights examples of instances where teams have not been allowed to compete, or [more]

The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ...7 April 2014 SASCOC AGM ... SASCOC held its AGM this past weekend – not sure if it was SASCOC the NPC or the recently formed, SASCOC the association. Regardless, in changing to an association, elections should have been held but it wasn’t on the agenda. So, the same SASCOC board members have kept their cushy jobs with “remuneration”, which goes against the Olympic Charter. Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula attended [more]

The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ... 31 March 2014 Proteas trophy hunting ... Nothing has been easy for the Proteas in this T-20 World Cup but they are now easy to back at 7/2, the second favourites behind India (18-10). As a couch selector, who was I to think Hashim Amla should drop down the order. Amla’s knock (56 off 37) against England shows he’s a master class in all forms of the game. As [more]

The week in SA sport ...

The week in SA sport ...27 March 2014 Almost dutch delight ... If you just looked at the abbreviated scorecard and saw Jamil 5-19 and Tahir 4-21, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Pakistan playing against Pakistan.  But it was the Netherlands trying to cause a huge upset at the T-20 World Cup and boy did they come close. Batting first, the Proteas collapsed from 84-2 in the 9th over to post [more]

The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ...24 March 2014 Alleged fraud in rugby circles ...   Further information on the alleged fraud at Stellenbosch University is still very scarce. SARU CEO, Jurie Roux and players agent, Chris de Beer have been referred to in the probe and KPMG report, where it’s alleged that more than R30 million was moved from student fees into the Maties rugby club account as an “unauthorized sponsorship”. The University told [more]

The week in SA sport ...

The week in SA sport ... 20 March 2014 Open top bus parade for under-19’s? I don’t want to take anything away from the SA under-19 cricket side and their incredible achievement in winning the World Cup but the victory parade in Sandton, organized by the Department of Sport and Recreation was simply over the top. The victory parade at Newlands during the 3rd test between the Proteas and Australia was a [more]

“Bookmakers vs Tellytrack”

“Bookmakers vs Tellytrack”PRESS SUBMISSION 1.    A substantial dispute has arisen between the various bookmakers in the provinces of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape Province and a partnership known as Tellytrack in relation to the Tellytrack channel. That is a television channel which deals exclusively with horse racing and which has been broadcast by Multichoice under channel number 239. 2.    The dispute arises out of a demand by Tellytrack [more]

The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ...17 March 2014 Horse racing blackout? The SA horse racing enthusiast and punter could soon be in the dark when it comes to watching horse racing in the comfort of their own home. A legal dispute has arisen out of a demand by the Phumelela/Gold Circle owned TV channel, Tellytrack for a substantial increased fee from bookmakers to enable them to show the channel in their various betting [more]


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