29 Aug '16, 2pm

On shit-deflecting umbrellas, high performance sport and Sunette Viljoen

We’ve never had the pleasure of meeting, but I am writing this letter to congratulate you. I am sure that after your Olympic silver medal you have been inundated with praise and congratulations from thousands of South Africans, and you may add mine to that list. However, what I really want to congratulate you for is your courageous stance against the mismanagement of high performance sport in SA, and the consequent disadvantage it puts our most talented athletes at. You have become SASCOC’s biggest nightmare – someone brave enough to be outspoken and truthful, but too good for them to ignore, drop, shun and silence. Now, I don’t wish to trivialize your Olympic silver medal, but I think this achievement may go down in history as even more meritorious, because a) it says so much about your character (not that bouncing back from the agony of finishing 4th in London didn’t, mi...

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2016/08/shit-deflecting-umbre...

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