JOHANNESBURG- On Monday at the farewell dinner, Caster Semenya was named South Africa’s flag-bearer for the Commonwealth Games that will be hosted in Gold Coast, Australia.
Sascoc president Gideon Sam said double Olympic 800m gold medallist Semenya will have the honour of leading the team onto the track.
He said, “There are many luminaries in this team but the board of Sascoc have decided that Caster will fly the flag for SA.”
Semenya was overjoyed by the decision, “I’m truly honoured and truly blessed. We lead by example… two golds for me!”
Sam is pushing the team to do better at this games, as the team finished seventh place in the medals table in Scotland four years ago, South Africa won 40 medals that year.
Semenya has entered in two track events the 800 and 1500m.
Sam said, “We fell from fifth in New Delhi, India in 2010 to seventh at Glasgow and we have to make a top-five place our goal this time out,”
“I’m proud to say we have delivered a team early, which was not easy but we took a decision to put our athletes at the centre of everything.”
New sport minister Tokozile Xasa added her voice of her full support to the team, “It takes years of discipline and sacrifice to get here.”
The games will go underway from April 4 and end on April 15.
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