Articles posted today on the News24 and SuperSport websites report that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has commenced payments to some of South Africa’s most promising female athletes, who hold good promise to win medals in the 2008 Olympic Games, planned in Beijing.
Athletes named to benefit in a four-tier structure include South Africa’s top sprint rowers, Nikki Mocke, track and field star Justine Robbeson, swimmer Suzaan van Biljon, and canoeist Jennifer Hodson in Group A, who will all receive R10,000 per month.
The money, which has been released by Lotto operator Uthingo, is intended for payment to these and other athletes as income, particularly in instances where athletes have had to resign from their employment to intensify training and preparation.
The reports state that SASCOC has had to wait for the money from Lotto for a long time.
Group B recipients will receive R7 000 per month, and included track and field stars Janice Jopsephs and Geraldine Pillay, and swimmer Lize-Marie Retief.