OLYMPIC GAMESATHENS 2004 National Olympic Committee of South Africa
INTRODUCTION • Both the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games increased in 2004 in importance, to be rated on a par at 33,5% each! Although it was Olympic year, the Soccer World Cup gained momentum with the awarding of 2010 to South Africa. • The Rugby World Cup was placed third, but declined to about 9%. • Commonwealth Games declined to just 0,4% and the All Africa Games was at 1,4%.
INTRODUCTION • Cricket World Cup declined to 3,7%, and was in 4th place. • Of the other events, Wimbledon improved with renewed interest in this event, and FI Grand Prix Motor Racing increased to 2%. Comrades Marathon improved significantly up to 2% and into 7th place.
OLYMPIC GAMESATHENS 2004 The Olympic Games is ultimately the toughest sports environment in the world.
OLYMPIC GAMESATHENS 2004 Many of the world’s top stars concentrate only on achieving their best at these Games.
OLYMPIC GAMESATHENS 2004 Our target was to improve on our performance in Sydney of four years ago. This we did. Sydney – 5 Medals Athens – 6 Medals
OLYMPIC TEAM Our Olympic Team consists largely of individual athletes’ performances. In our short history success has come from individual athletes only.
SELECTION POLICY • Agreement with NFs • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sets down strict Qualification Criteria. • Qualification can be obtained by: • International Rankings • Continental Tournaments • Wild Cards
SELECTION POLICY • NOCSA Agreement • Demography • International Rankings • Continental Tournaments • Wild Cards
SELECTION POLICY • All sport federations affiliated to NOCSA are independent and autonomous. • Have various obligations • During the last ten years we have gone a significant way in trying to co-ordinate NOCSA and Federation activities. • Co-ordination might be easier in future.
PREPARATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES Operation Excellence Training Camp Holding Camp
PREPARATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES Operations Excellence Program Athens OPEX program from 2001 to 2004 Provided support for Coaching Individual monthly grant Training camp International participation Scientific and medical testing Psychological support Olympic career opportunities program Spent R43m in the 4year period
PREPARATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES Training Camp • At high performance Centre – Pretoria • All prospective team members • Objectives • Scientific and Medical testing • Anti-doping testing • Training • Team Building
PREPARATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES Holding Camp • At High Performance Centre - Pretoria • All Team Members of SA Olympic Team • Objectives • Final Screening – Injury Free Team • Final Screening – Anti-Doping • Training • Team Building • Kit Distribution • Payment of Per Diems
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES • Finance to support athletes is a major concern. • Success comes with provision of support for our athletes.
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES • Massive Government Funding for Olympic Athletes: • Germany; Russia; Canada; China; Japan; France; Norway; Sweden • Morocco; Algeria; Tunisia; Egypt; Kenya; Ethiopia; Nigeria
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES • Britain – Lotteries Board - £100m = R1150m • Australia – Government – A$135m = R1265m • USA – Various Sources - $200m = R1240m • South Africa – Cash – Various Sources = R65m
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES • Team Selection – Print Media largely controlled by establishment. • Very little co-operation in transformation process. • Team selection for Sydney 2000 NOCSA heavily criticised. But support from Rev. Stofile.
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES Did better than in Sydney. Largest and toughest sports event in the World. 202 countries competed. Disappointments must be expected.
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES Sadly, only the medal table is recorded. Other successes are not.
SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES VILLAGE OPERATIONS • NOCOffice • Medical Facility • Physiotherapy Facility • Psychological Support
WAY FORWARD • De-Briefing – 6 November 2004 • OPEX – Assessment of Plans leading to Beijing 2008 • Securing Resources
Engaging Coaches Athletics Badminton Boxing Canoeing Handball Hockey Judo Rowing Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo Tennis Volleyball Weightlifting Wrestling WAY FORWARD
WAY FORWARD PROCESS LEADING TO DEMOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION FOR BEIJING 2008 With Co-Operation From National Federations