South Africans Raise Funds To Pay Olympic Athletes

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is reported to be lacking funds to pay bonuses to Tokyo medal winners. South Africans are now taking it upon themselves to raise the funds to pay the athletes.

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Social media expressed shock when news broke that the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) would not be able to pay bonuses to any of our Olympic athletes for their medal wins.

The South African athletes managed to win three medals in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Tatjana Schoenmaker won silver and gold in swimming, and also set a new world record in the women’s 200m butterfly. Bianca Buitendag won silver in surfing.

The Matchkit Co-founder, Mike Sharman, leading the fund-raising campaign to pay bonuses to Tokyo medallists, says the brilliance demonstrated by the likes of Schoenmaker deserves better:

Its been 21 years since we won the medal in the pool for the women and here we are celebrating one of the most successful runs in the pool with Tatjana’s achievement. Also, our first silver surfer in the world.

Mike Sharman also said that SASCOC must be consistent with giving out bonuses to medal winners as they have done in the past.

SASCOC has been criticised for their low key in the announcement of bonuses leading to the Tokyo Olympics which might have also played a role in what the country has achieved in medals.

The South African Olympic Committee has now been reported to be negotiating the issue of giving bonuses to medallists.

Sharman said Wayde van Niekerk received R500 000 for winning gold and R150 000 for breaking the world record. Matchkit Co-founder added that Tatjana broke two world records in the Tokyo Olympics and won gold and silver.

Sharman also announced that R220 000 had been raised by the members of the public in one day, why can’t the officials do it.

The medals won by Buitendag, and Schoenmaker in Tokyo Olympics had brought a lot of joy to South Africans, as the country was going through difficult times when many businesses were looted.

SASCOC has now been reported  to have made a U-turn and will be paying the bonuses in a day that hasn’t been announced nor amount to be paid.

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