Speech - Minister: IOC 7th World Forum on Sport, Educatioon & Culture 5-7 December 2010, Durban

South Africa is a country with a long and rich tradition of sport participation and achievement. Many say we are a sport crazy nation. South Africa has enjoyed international successes from the early 19th Century. In 1884, E.L. Williams and E.W. Lewis reached the final of the first men’s doubles at Wimbledon Tennis, but unfortunately lost. In 1893, Laurens S. Meintjes became South Africa’s (and most probably Africa’s) first world record holder, in the sport of cycling. At the World’s Fair Cycle Meeting in Chicago, he won the sixty-two mile international championship. In the same year in Springfield, Massachusetts, he set a world record in the hour’s race. In 1896, South Africa won its first rugby test ever, against the British Isles. And we repeated the victory last Saturday against England on their home soil. You may have discovered in your hotel rooms that we have more televised sport round the clock than most countries. You can watch more English Premiership Football games live here in South Africa than in England. Need I say more?

: 17 January 2011
: 2010
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