South Africa’s World S/C Squad Asked to Foot Bulk Of $2,000 Bill For Selection

Cameron va der Burgh, of South Africa, whose medals may help to subsidise his subsidising of the South African swim federation - by Patrick B. Kraemer

South Africa’s inability to support national teams, the public face of the deeper struggle to keep its swimmers at home in conditions – physical and bureaucratic – that leave much to be desired, continues apace. A squad of 18 has been announced for the World s/c Championships in Windsor, Canada, in December but each must all but pay their own way. Calling the ‘tour’ to the little-pool showcase “subsidised”, the RSA federation asks swimmers to deposit 20,000 rand of the estimated 30,000 rand (about $2,000) with the authority by November 1.

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South Africa’s inability to support national teams, the public face of the deeper struggle to keep its swimmers at home in conditions – physical and bureaucratic – that leave much to be desired, continues apace. A squad of 18 has been announced for the World s/c Championships in Windsor, Canada, in December but each must all but pay their own way. Calling the ‘tour’ to the little-pool showcase “subsidised”, the RSA federation asks swimmers to deposit 20,000 rand of the estimated 30,000 rand (about $2,000) with the authority by November 1.

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