Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday after struggling with with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) since his diagnosis in 2011. He was only 45. Van der Westhuizen was a multiple record holder during his time as a player for numerous famed Springbok teams and his beloved Blue Bulls franchise. At a time he was the most-capped Springbok with 89 tests and record try scorer with 38 tries for the South Africans.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 3:23 am AFKI Original
The year 2016 has provided African sports fans with numerous moments to be proud of, with many African Sporting highlights that stand out after reflecting on the year that was. Sport can always be relied upon to lift the spirits of fans, and give everyone something to celebrate, even during difficult times. That is the beauty of sport. We gathered 15 highlights in African sport from the year 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:34 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s Springbok Sevens side were crowned the Emirates Airline Dubai Seven winners with a deserved 26-14 victory over Olympic and World Series champions Fiji in the final over the weekend. The Springboks have endured a disappointing season on the world stage, but the sevens side remains a point of pride, with the Olympic bronze medallists consistently performing to a high standard.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am
South Africa has reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the coastal city of Durban, despite failing to adhere to certain key deadlines this week. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand this April.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:17 am
The South African national rugby squad, known as the Springboks, are in Europe for a tour that will include four test matches during the month of November. They will be playing games against England, Wales and Italy, as well as an opening test against the Barbarians this coming Saturday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:55 am
Pieter-Steph du Toit was named SA Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2016 at an awards ceremony held at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday night. In doing so, he became the second Springbok lock in two seasons to earn the main award dedicated to the best rugby player from the country over the course of the year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:00 am
The Springboks will be in action this coming weekend for their second Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash with Argentina, and South African coach Allister Coetzee is expecting a tough encounter against the Pumas. The Test will be played in Salta, Argentina on Saturday night, following last weekend’s game in Nelspruit, South Africa, where the Springboks managed to come from behind to win 30-23.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:57 am AFKI Original
Team South Africa returned to Johannesburg from Brazil on Tuesday morning, fresh from their 10-medal winning exploits at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and they were met at OR Tambo International by thousands of fans who had packed the airport to welcome them home. The 137 athletes who represented South Africa at the Games returned home with 10 medals; two gold, six silver and two bronze.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:10 am AFKI Original
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games came to an end on Sunday, with numerous Olympic records set or broken throughout the competition which was held in Brazil. Athletes from countries all over Africa put in fantastic performances during the Games, clocking fast times, winning gold medals and achieving firsts for nations and the continent. Here are 12 Olympic records and milestones set by Africans in Rio.
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:05 am
Thursday was a good day for Team South Africa and their 10-medal objective at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as two more South Africans earned medals, bringing the country’s tally thus far to nine. Prior to Rio 2016, which has been ongoing for the last two weeks, South Africa’s Olympic committee mentioned that Team SA would travel to Brazil with the task of returning home with a record medal haul in tow.