South African Sports Federation and Olympic Committee Chairman Gideon Sam said South African athletes will attend the African Games in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat as a quality measurement event in preparation. towards Tokyo 2020.
The African Games will be a measurement event towards Tokyo 2020
South Africa will send 153 athletes and officials to attend the twelfth session of the continent’s largest multi-sport event, scheduled to take place from August 19 to 31. South African athletes will compete in 11 of the 26 sports of the program: archery, athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, canoeing, bicycle, judo, swimming, table tennis, tennis and weightlifting.
President Gideon Sam said that the African Games is a very important event in the South African sports competition program, the most competitive event in the continent. , The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will officially begin and this is truly a measurement event for the athletes in preparation for the biggest sports card event in the world.
According to President Sam, representatives of South Africa are experienced athletes and the goal is to win tickets to the Olympic Games. Players will also accumulate more experience from this Games to enter the more competitive playground of Tokyo 2020 if they win tickets to go on.
As usual when attending the African Games, South Africa will be the largest sports team and will participate mainly in Athletics with a total of 38 athletes, followed by Swimming with 24 athletes. In which Antonio Alkana and Lindsay Hanekom will be the hopes of the 110m and 400m fences respectively. This is also the core force of the South African track and field with Zenéy van der Walt 400m fenced and Sunette Viljoen threw javelin.
The four athletes mentioned above are among Africa’s top athletes at major sporting events. The core force of sailing is Bridgitte Hartley, who won 2012 London Olympic Games K1 500m for women.