INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ELITE SPORT IS COMING TO DURBAN
Written by: Venal Naidu
Leaders in sport from across the world will grace Durban’s shores in August at the International Forum on Elite Sport to be hosted on African soil for the first time.
The event will see 300 delegates from 28 countries attending and engaging in 12 workshops.
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Brandon Goodenough, said that the Forum will focus on leadership, financial management, high performance, technology, athlete development and women in sport.
The Forum will also be leaving a legacy by making a hefty donation to communities that need it the most.
“The Forum’s legacy will be donating R1million in refurbished gym equipment to developing communities,” said Goodenough.
The theme for this year’s Forum is ‘Sustainable Performance’ and some of the current leaders in high performance will be in attendance.
Reigning Comrades champion Bongmusa Mthembu who’s is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier athletes, said that it is quite amazing to be part of the forum and insisted that he still wants to learn more.
“It’s quite an amazing opportunity for me I am quite humbled and it is a good opportunity for me to learn more in terms of running and in terms of behaving as an athlete,” said Mthembu.
President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Gideon Sam, is quite excited that an event of this magnitude will be hosted in South Africa but explained that teamwork is vital.
“It’s not an easy feat to bring a conference of this nature to South Africa, when people come together, big things can happen,” explained Sam.
The Forum will have 32 world class speakers which will include some of South Africa’s most influential sporting personalities like Shaun Pollock, Amanda Dlamini and Gary Kirsten among others.
Dignitaries from FC Barcelona, the Tokio 2020 Olympics committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Prime Human Performance Institute and U.S. Navy Seals will also be in attendance.
The four-day Forum will run from the 23rd to the 26th of August at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
*Caption: Delegates and athletes stand together for a photo shoot after the press briefing in Durban.