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Achieving Sporting Excellence
At a glance
This document analyses the performance of four of the worst-performing sports administrators – Boxing South Africa, Swimming South Africa, the South African Football Association and Netball South Africa - and proposes some measures that could help to make them effective again.
These measures include:
- Government should not be involved in the direct and indirect management of sporting codes - Boxing South Africa - the only one of the four that is controlled directly by government - should be privatised.
- The State should only concern itself with ensuring an appropriate enabling environment exists, and that institutions act accountably. As such, the government does have a role to play in making sure that sporting codes are administered in terms of a sound, efficient and professional management structure.
- All sporting administrations should have meaningful, effective development programmes in place, and it must be up to the sporting codes and sponsors to ensure this.
- A South African Sports Academy should be established for both able-bodied and disabled sportsmen and women and built up as a centre of sporting excellence, tasked with identifying and developing South Africa’s potential heroes. It would be funded by the state, and would report to parliament, but operate independently.
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The Democratic Alliance would like to see sport becoming a way out of poverty for many more young, talented future stars. However, this vision is constrained by the fact that some of our most important sporting codes are badly mismanaged.