SOUTH AFRICA READY FOR NAPOLI
USSA, the official governing body of University Sports in South Africa, on Thursday 30th May 2019 unveiled a resilient 178-member team that will represent the country at the 30th Summer Universiade set to take place from 3 – 14 July in Napoli, Italy.
In a joint press conference with the National Lotteries Commission at their headquarters in Pretoria, University Sports South Africa (USSA) laid out its strategies and target for the fast approaching Universiade.
“Today marks 33days until the games start and we are confident in the team that will be representing USSA. We have set a target of 8 medals for the team, 2 of them being Gold.” said Ilhaam Groenewald, President USSA during the team announcement.
Following the USSA President’s announcement of the contingent, Mr. Mandala Gagayi, the Head of Delegation accepted and was in agreement with the declared team. In his acceptance speech, he markedly noted “We are aware of the gross scrutiny and discrimination that female athletes face – we will dedicate our performance to all female athletes.”
Team South Africa will compete in six sports codes that include Athletics, Football, Archery, Rugby 7s, Swimming and Tennis. Tatjana Schoenmaker (Swimming) who won the country’s first medal at the 29th Summer Universiade and Danelle Wentzel (Archery) who recently qualified for the Archery World Cup final scheduled for September 2019 in Moscow, are some of the athletes to look out for at the Universiade not forgetting the Men’s Rugby 7s team that won the FISU Rugby 7s Championship last year in Swakopmund, Namibia. Important to note is that the women’s football team has five athletes that are currently in Rouen, France preparing for the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for 7 June – 7 July.
Special mention to the MC of the day, Ms. Amanda Dlamini, a former USSA Football team and Banyana Banyana skipper. Does FISU’s motto ring a bell? Anyone? Today’s stars are indeed tomorrow’s leaders!
Follow @USSAstudent on the various social media platforms to keep up with the team’s latest developments.
South Africa’s performance at the last Summer Universiade – Taipei 2017.
Overall Position: 44/145 (2nd in Africa)
Medals: 0 Gold 5 Silver 0 Bronze