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Team South Africa set off for Malawi earlier today; 209 athletes from 11 sporting codes will be competing at the 2022 Region V Games.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (30 November 2022) – Team South Africa is on its way to Lilongwe, Malawi for the 2022 Region V Games. With 209 athletes, along with support staff, the trip is bound to be a good one for the team.

There are 209 athletes from eleven sporting codes are competing this year. Some of these include Netball, Basketball and Volleyball, as well as Athletics and Para Athletics stars.

The 2022 Region V Games run from the 2nd of December until the 12th of December 2022. A total of 3000 athletes from ten African countries will be competing. South Africa is always a front-runner at this event and this was proven last year, even after the squad was pulled halfway through the games due to Covid-19.

“These Games are an important fixture on the sporting calendar,” said SASCOC president Mr Barry Hendricks.

“We have seen over the past decade that they have always unearthed future world-class talent and this year will be no different. Last year the right decision was made to withdraw our squad from the event in Maseru after an outbreak of Covid-19, but we are confident that next month the region will see the very best from our athletes.”

For many of our athletes, these games will be the final qualifiers for participation in the 2024 Olympics. You can see the complete list of athletes and support teams here.

“We are delighted to be taking such a strong squad of young athletes and we have an experienced management team to oversee them. These Games are vitally important in the development of an athlete’s career. The likes of our Olympians, Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, who became track legends, are a product of these Games.

“Many of the athletes across Team SA in Malawi will go on to become Olympians and Paralympians. Through our Operation Excellence Programme (OPEX), we are identifying young future stars and supporting them through their careers. This is another opportunity to showcase the importance of OPEX as we build towards the 2024 and 2028 Olympics and Paralympics in Paris and LA, respectively,” – Ms Nozipho Jafta, CEO of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

We will be sure to report on all the winning moments in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned! Until then, enjoy this lovely video of the team waiting to check-in for their flights.


Sources: Team South Africa
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