It seems only right that a country with a history of sporting prestige and achievement pays homage to the greats who worked hard to get South Africa onto the sporting map.
JOHANNESBURG – It seems only right that a country with a history of sporting prestige and achievement pays homage to the greats who worked hard to get South Africa onto the sporting map.
While not a new concept in South Africa, the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame (Sasahof) has found a new home at the Soccer City precinct at FNB Stadium, moving from its original home in Knysna.
Naas Botha, who is one of the brains behind this initiative, feels that this project will play a vital role in the preservation of a host of South Africa’s greatest sportsmen and women and keep alive the memory of their heroics.
“While I was in America in 1983 and 1984 with the Dallas Cowboys I realised that in American sport you had two types of sports people, a Hall of Famer and those those weren’t and that fascinated me and in the late Nineties I started trying to establish this,” said Botha at yesterday’s launch.
“South Africa needs to honour past, current and future sporting and arts heroes.
The appropriate recognition needs to be given to people who have made our nation proud.
“Sport started officially in 1885 and most people don’t know that our first world champion was Laurens Meintjes, a cyclist, and we need to tell those stories, we need to preserve these stories because I still believe those stories will contribute to motivating youngsters going forward,” added Botha.
With 5 000 square-metres of floor space and with some of the latest technology being installed, the Sasahof looks set to become a truly interactive and educational experience for visitors wanting to relive some great triumphs.
SOURCE: The Citizen