Wrestling with low numbers

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

South African Wrestling Federation secretary Manie van der Berg says they will have to come up with an aggressive strategy to ensure they have more local wrestlers at the 2012 Olympics.

The federation will field a single wrestler at the Beijing Olympics, as was the case at the past two Olympics. They will be represented by Heinrich Barnes.

"Previously, the system allowed us to qualify in our continent but now we have to also to qualify at the World Championships. We will need to compete in as many international events as possible to prepare for 2012," Van der Berg said.

He was speaking to Sowetan after the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee announced the second group of athletes for the Beijing Olympics at Olympic House in Johannesburg yesterday.

Judo South Africa president Thomas Dunker said they will send their athletes to Japan for intensive training for the Olympics.

Significant is the announcement of amputee Natalie du Toit, who made history by qualifying for the able-bodied competition at the world open water championships in Seville, Spain, earlier in May.

Team South Africa's second group is: Aquatics - Natalie du Toit, Chad Ho.

Badminton - Chris Dednam, Roelof Dednam, Michelle Edwards, Chantal Botts.

Canoeing - Shaun Rubenstein, Jennifer Hodson, Michelle Eray, Nikki Mocke, Carol Joyce, Bridgette Hartely, Calvin Mokoto, Cameron McIntosh, Lindelani Ngidi, Siboniso Cele.

Hockey - Geoffrey Abbott, Clyde Abrahams, Marvin Bam, Paul Blake, Andrew Cronje, Darren Gallagher, Thomas Hammond, Marvin Harper, Christopher Hibbert, Bruce Jacobs, Thornton McDade, Charles Rose-Innes, Austin Smith, Emile Smith, Ian Symons , Lungile Tsolekile, Tarryn Bright, Cindy Brown, Fiona Butler, Lisa Deetlefs, Leslie-Ann George, Kate Hector, Taryn Hosking, Vuyisanani Mangisa, Lenise Marais, Marsha Marescia, Mariette Rix, Shelly Russell, Vida Ryan, Vidette Ryan, Kathleen Taylor, Jennifer Wilson.

Judo - Matthew Jago, Marlon August, Patrick Trezis

Wrestling - Barnes.