Press Statement on development initiatives funded By Athletics South Africa (ASA) in the past Three Years
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is proud to announce that in the past 3 years (2017-2019), just under R27-million has been invested in Athletics South Africa (ASA) Development initiatives. The initiatives speak to an aligned Development Strategy aimed at the Athletics' body's success at the Olympic Games.
The breakdown of this amount is as follows:
- International Events: R11,471,889
- National And Provincial Events: R 8,697,594
- Skills Development: R 6,753,853
"Athletics is a labour intensive sport which requires substantial resources to engage large quantities of athletes, coaches, officials and administrators at all levels of participation. With this in mind, the ASA Development Programme is an all-inclusive programme that funds expenses related to international competitions, national competitions and skills development projects to level the playing field and ensure that athletes from all communities has access to athletics."
- Hon. Nathi Mthethwa
The “Development Strategy of 2016”, which aims to fund all phases of development, is already paying dividends for South Africa. It has and continues to ensure that South African athletes are exposed to international competitions at youth, junior and senior level. ASA covers all expenses of all athletes in the team, e.g. clothing, travel, accommodation and per diems for the duration of the championships.
What this has further meant, in practical and measurable terms, is the number 1 ranking of the ASA Youth Team in the world on the medal tally; the number 6 ranking of the ASA Junior Team in the world on the medal tally; and the number 3 World ranking of the ASA Senior Team based on the medal tally.
ASA is also one of a few national athletics bodies in the world that sends representative teams to all International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, and CAA African Championships at youth, junior and senior level. The athletics body also caters for all disciplines of athletics, Track and Field, Road Running, Off-Road Running and ultra-distance. Most countries in the world cater for only some of the disciplines in athletics. ASA Coaches serve as head coaches in countries such as Germany, India and many African Countries, while ASA National Coaches are used as facilitators/instructors in coaching courses by many countries in the world. This excellence in global recognition also extends to administrators and technical staff in that ASA Technical Officials serve as Referees and Chief Judges in many international competitions, while Administrators and individuals in various leadership roles are serving on many structures at African and IAAF level.
Many countries in the world are now seeking guidance from ASA as to how to develop athletics in their countries and those countries are also sending athletes to participate in South African events, and/or training camps in South Africa to prepare for the Olympic Games.
In preparation for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, ASA has squads comprising more than 300 athletes at senior, junior and youth level in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games and 2024 Olympic Games. On an annual basis, the athletics' association exposes more than 2-million athletes at the various levels of competitions to a network of more than 1500 IAAF/ASA certified competitions.
The ASA Development Programme is one of the largest, and most effective programmes in the world, and South Africans can take great pride that they can compete at the same level as the best in the world.
Ms Asanda Magaqa
Spokesperson: Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture
072 372 6807
Mr Mickey Fusi Modisane
Chief Director: Communications & Marketing
082 992 0101