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December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img16 November 2015“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula at the launch of the inaugural National Sports Week on 13 November.“When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society.”National Sports Week will take place from today till 22 November. As part of South Africa’s National Development Plan, sport is recognised as a pillar to promoting social cohesion. It also acts as a catalyst for nation building.#NationalSportsWeek2015 logo: Discussion, Showcase, Engage, Honour pic.twitter.com/sk4XprWFTM— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015Sport, said the minister, had gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to attaining government priorities, with global leaders recognising that sport touched every aspect of a nation’s ethos.“Over the past decade, United Nations agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” the minister said.The aim of National Sports Week is to boost the development of sports; drive business through sport; and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.Minister @MbalulaFikile unpacking the itinerary of #NationalSportsWeek2015 pic.twitter.com/5Htbfmzgkk— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015EventsAccording to the department, the following events will be taking place during National Sport Week:National Sport Business Exhibition: 14 to 17 NovemberInternational Sport Exchange Conference: 15 to 19 NovemberMinisterial Golf Day: 21 NovemberSouth African Sport Awards: 22 NovemberThe department will also provide sporting equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPredicting winners at a Grand Slam is an easy job. It is almost like the jobs of psephologists who for hours rattles about all kinds of poll data and then gives hints. In the end, what the outcome is could be just the other way. If you want to do anything like that for the men’s singles final between Rafael Nadal and new World No.1 Novad Djokovic at Wimbledon on Sunday, it’s not tough. The tennis fraternity is basically divided between the Roger Federer fans and the Nadal fans. And now that Djokovic has dramatically changed the equations in 2011 with his ability to beat any player, it would be tempting to think he can pull of this one as well against Nadal. On Saturday, at a mandatory press conference, Djokovic was a bit puzzled why he had to be answering questions. “It feels strange to do a press conference before the match, it’s usually after the match. But you know, I’m excited it’s another day to come before the match,” said Djokovic. Unlike Maria Sharapova, who said she was going to sleep a day before the final, Djokovic detailed his plans well – get in practice and then relax. Head to head: Rafael Nadal and Novak DjokovicIt is these qualities, getting in practice and staying cool, which will help Djokovic as he takes on Nadal on Centre Court. Rafa, as he is popularly known, has a larger than life image in this part of the world. And he has been talking about how big it is to be at Wimbledon.That’s something Djokovic can’t say, as this is his maiden Wimbledon final, after he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a big match on Friday. “I’m ready for the long rallies against Nadal. This is going to be best of five and I do feel motivated,” said Djokovic and added that Nadal was “physically stronger.” If you had heard the last two Nadal press conferences, he would have fooled you into thinking his foot injury is so serious, yet local anesthetics work on it. Even against Andy Murray in the semifinal, at one point Nadal had a bad fall. But he was back on his feet so quickly. If people think Nadal will have problems in court coverage in the final, they are fooling themselves. Yes, one interesting bit of statistics is how Djokovic has beaten Nadal four times already this year. But that doesn’t mean going into his maiden Wimbledon final, Djokovic can be relaxed. “The last couple of years, I have been losing to Federer and Nadal at the top level. Now I feel I can win the matches against those big guys. I have matured as a player and I feel that on court,” says Djokovic.So where does that leave Nadal? “We must congratulate Djokovic for his No.1 ranking because what he did in the first part of the season was really fantastic. He was really unbelievable,” said Nadal. Reminded about his flawless tennis against Murray in the semi-final, Nadal summed it up in one sentence: “I probably played my best match this year here.” As one who signs paeans about the importance of Wimbledon, Nadal really loves this place. He was quick to remind the media how in the past Spaniards never cared about Wimbledon. “I never thought I gonna play five finals. This is fantastic news for me and my country,” says the defending champion. Nadal then talked about match strategy. “I have to play with intensity on Sunday and I have to be aggressive. That’s what I am gonna try,” he said. Was grass not a better surface for him than Djokovic? “No, I don’t have an advantage here more than clay. I am a better player on clay than grass,” he said. And then Nadal was asked, if he was not better than Djokovic on grass? “You know what? Playing two semi-finals and now the final, probably he’s not a bad player on grass, too. That’s my feeling,” added Nadal. Just as TV viewers get confused by what psephologists say, Nadal and Djokovic have left us guessing. But one thing is for sure, this has to be a head-banger’s ball!advertisementlast_img read more