Cape Town - SASCOC have played their hand, revealing the names of the athletes that will represent South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.
The first batch of athletes is set to leave for Brazil on July 23, and while all eyes will be on the likes of the Bltizboks, Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Caster Semenya in terms of medal hopes, there are many who are just thrilled to be a part of Team South Africa.
For many, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that has taken years of hard work.
From the team at Sport24, we would like to congratulate every member of Team South Africa and we wish you all well at the Games!
We know you will make us proud, and we will be supporting you every step of the way.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the announcement:
ITS OFFICIAL!!!! I'm going to be an Olympian ????— Akani Simbine (@AkaniSimbine) July 14, 2016
So honored and excited to named in the team… https://t.co/yvWcuNsrTD
Congrats to all the athletes who will represent Team South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. https://t.co/Dt2YNXZ8bX— CorneKrige (@CorneKrige6) July 14, 2016
Congrats to all Athletes selected for the Rio Olympic Games. Bring back those medals ??— Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) July 14, 2016
Banyana rule!! Some of the selected players at Olympic team announcement pic.twitter.com/BgjKHk19Gk— Fran Hilton-Smith (@Franzo_safa) July 14, 2016
My appreciation and gratitude for getting the opportunity to have been a part of the blitzboks… https://t.co/1NZZKZU8Bo— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) July 14, 2016
Thanks for believing though - we will be back stronger next year! https://t.co/Irznshrvyp— Johan Cronje (@JohanCronje) July 14, 2016
What a honour to represent the country with these guys. Super excited https://t.co/b2hYsIDWEu— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) July 14, 2016