BRICS 2018 Games Tournament gets underway at WITS University

BRICS 2018 Games Tournament gets underway at WITS University

MEDIA RELEASE

10 JULY 2018

 

Sport and Recreation SA, will host the 3rd annual BRICS Games from the 17th to the 22 of July 2018 at Wits University Campus, Johannesburg.  The Games will see the 5 BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) compete in 2 key sporting codes namely Football U17 women, and Volleyball U21 men and women 6 aside teams.

Minister Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Sport and Recreation, SA will officiate the Opening Ceremony showcasing the vibrancy of the South African culture and heritage as the parade officiating the welcome of the nations in SA takes place. This will take place on 17th of July 2018 at Old Mutual Sport Hall, Wits University from 17h00. Applauding the continuing encouragement of increased participation of women in sports, Minister Xasa stated that “This amplifies our key message of promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies - with a specific focus of encouraging all women to participate on previously male dominated sporting codes. Once more, our sporting mantra in South Africa which affirms “#Womandlainsport is heralded because this showcases how we are creating an enabling environment for the sporting prowess of women’s talent to be harnessed on these playing fields.”

 

BRICS Games was borne out of engagements held during the 7th BRICS Summit held in Ufa (Russia) on 9 July 2015. The 1st historic edition of the BRICS Games was then held in Goa, India in 2016 during the 8th BRICS Summit. The Government of India initiated the BRICS U – 17 Football Tournament which was played among the BRICS countries namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In this regard, South Africa sent the under 17 football team to participate in the tournament. The 2nd edition of the BRICS Games was held in Guangzhou, China from 17-21 June 2017 and it featured some 300 athletes from the BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa with 10 events in three sporting codes.

 

The 3rd edition of BRICS Games will also serve as a platform which celebrates the 100 years of both freedom stalwarts Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu’s legacy and ensure succinct marketing messaging which promotes the “Be the Legacy” campaign. The legacy in sport left by Mandela is unequivocal as no one understood the power of sport to provide dignity and hope in the face of state-sponsored oppression than Madiba.

 

See attached BRICS 2018 Games Schedule

 

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DISTRIBUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF  SPORT AND RECREATION,  SOUTH AFRICA

For Media Enquiries please contact:

Sport and Recreation, SA:  Mickey Modisane - 082 992 0101 or mickey@srsa.gov.za

Sport and Recreation, SA - ministry: Vuyo Mhaga – 076 636 5193 or VuyoM@srsa.gov.za

 

 


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