Lots for SA Paralympians to win

2012-09-01 19:53

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has breathed a sigh of relief that the Olympic Games team did not milk the R6 million incentive pot dry.

The six medallists – Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Caster Semenya, Bridgitte Hartley and the men’s lightweight four rowing team – claimed just over R2 million of the jackpot during the July 27 to August 12 Games in London.

The Paralympic medallists stand a chance to cash in for more if they reach their target of 40 medals.

“We had budgeted for 12 to 14 Olympic medals but only a few athletes brought home medals,” said Sascoc President Gideon Sam, adding that “the remaining amount is all for the Paralympians to take now”.

Olympians received R400 000 for gold, R200 000 (silver) and R80 000 (bronze).

The Paralympians will receive R100 00 for gold, R75 000 for silver and R40 000 for bronze.

The para-athletes are expecting an extra cash injection from sponsors, as has been customary over the years.

At the Beijing Games four years ago, the para-athletes received R1.8 million from their sponsors in addition to their Sascoc bonuses.

Single amputee swimmer Natalie du Toit this week opened the rush for gold with her 100m butterfly victory.

She got R300 000 from the sponsors for her seven medals in 2008 and her total incentives came to over R800 000.

Another Games icon, Oscar Pistorius, stands to earn R320 000 if he sweeps the boards in his four events – the 100m, 200m, 400m and the 4x100m.

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