‘Inspirational’ Team SA return from London

2012-08-14 07:07

Government is proud of the South African Olympic team, who were arriving back in the country this morning, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said.

“We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games,” he said in a statement.

“Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness.

“Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa’s dreams.”

Manyi encouraged the country to honour the team by wearing the national sporting colours.

Earlier, Lead SA and the department of sport asked the public to give the team a heroes’ welcome.

Silver medallist Caster Semenya; the “Golden” rowing team of Sizwe Lawrence, Ndlovu Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith; and bronze medallist in the K-1500m kayak event Bridgitte Hartley arrived from London this morning.

Supporters were asked to bring posters, banners, and vuvuzelas to welcome home Team SA.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee leadership and the medallists were expected to address the crowds at the airport.

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