The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) together with their relevant stakeholders National Lottery Commission (NLC) and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) addressed in media briefing on Friday, the 27th Of August 2021, the incentives for athletes that performed well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and for those who are currently participating at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The Minster announced that the Department makes strides in working for the achievement of the goal of social cohesion and nation building as on of the key factor and that their sector is the custodian for the realization of these objectives.
He further says that they have powered their recognition and reward programmes as they have seen the effects of contributing towards a pool of positive role models for the youth in communities and inspiring the next generation.
Together with the partnership NLC, the competitive incentives have been packaged under three categories.
For Category A: gold medal, the athlete will receive R450 000 and the coach R120 000. In Category B: silver medal, the Athlete will get R220 000 and the coach R70 000 and in Category C: bronze medal, the athlete will get R100 000 and the coach R30 000. For the World Record incentives athletes are rewarded R180 000 and it does not apply to coaches.
The Minister further thanked Tatjana Schoenmaker for scooping gold and silver medals whilst setting a world record and Bianca Buitendag who won a silver medal. He added that these athletes have brought pride and honour to the country as of uplifting our spirits especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile he is equally confident that the Paralympians will do better and bring in more medals.