Funding scuttles Vuso’s chance to compete overseas

2017-02-15 06:01
SA Chess Champion Hlomiso Vuso of Bridgemead in Port Elizabeth. Photo: SUPPLIED

SA Chess Champion Hlomiso Vuso of Bridgemead in Port Elizabeth. Photo: SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth school girl Hlomisa Vuso (15) won the South African Schools Chess Championships in Durban in July last year and was expecting to go to Zambia for the African Championships and proceed to Russia for the World Championships in December, but that did not take place.

“Winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Schools championships, the Eastern Cape and the National Schools Chess championships were the highlights in Hlomisa’s chess life,” said the girl’s mother, Nomfusi Vuso, of Bridgemead.

Hlomisa, of Westering High School, started playing chess at a very young age and this national title with the expectation of being able to compete overseas made her an instant star.

“The school even honoured her for National Colours. She’s wearing a different blazer in the Grade.

“The biggest problem is that nobody told us anything (with regards to the international competitions),” Nomfusi said.

South African Schools Chess President Dr Omar Esau said he was sorry this had happened to the young girl.

“But, I do not know her. We, at SA Chess get the names of those participating in any competition outside the country from the provincial executives.

“These chess championships were open and, therefore, anyone in the top ten of any age group was invited to attend. But travel and accommodation payment is not our responsibility,” said Dr Esau.

Explaining, Dr Esau said government only issued funding to sport federations in sport development.

“Some provinces paid for their participants, but in some cases we saw parents paying,” said Dr Esau.

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