The national Under18 athletics team will be eager to add to South Africa's growing medal haul when the Track and Field competition gets under way at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday.
With the SASCOC-run Team SA having picked up two medals already in other codes in the early stages of the nation's campaign at the multi-sport showpiece, South Africa has already improved on the single medal earned at the previous edition of the Games in Nanjing, China four years ago.
And with the 16-member athletics contingent forming the largest part of the 70-member team, they are likely to add to the nation's haul over the next week.
The team is spearheaded by the likes of 100m and 200m SA champion Luke Davids, versatile athlete Gontse Morake, who was entered in the girls' Triple Jump, Shot Put prospect Dane Roets and middle-distance runner Nicole Louw.
The seven-day athletics contest will come to a close on Wednesday October 17, the day before the closing ceremony brings the third edition of the quadrennial age group Games to an end.
“We are confident that our athletes will give it their best and challenge for world honours at the podium,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.
“Each of them understands their mandate at the Games to fly the national flag high and hear the anthem of our republic played constantly. ASA wishes Team SA the best at the Games.”
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