The City of Roses recently played host to the third edition of the Summer Games, the event annually hosted by the College Sport South Africa (CoSSA).
The hosts were joined by the other provinces, except KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape, in the national event. Teams participated in chess, table tennis, netball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and rugby 7s, and the games were played at three different venues.
The indoor games, chess and table tennis, played at Motheo Bloemfontein Campus while netball, volleyball and basketball took place at CUT Sport Academy. Meanwhile Clive Solomon Stadium catered for Soccer and rugby 7s.
The hosts won seven medals overall while Limpopo claimed the top spot with nine medals. The Free State women’s table tennis and men’s football teams claimed gold medals while Men’s volleyball as well as the two basketball teams walked away with silver medals.
Elsewhere, the rugby 7s and the men’s chess teams clinched bronze medals.
The tournament was held in Rustenburg in 2012 and in Limpopo in last year. This year, it hit the City of Roses, and the president of CoSSA, Teboho Mokhele, lauded the host city for its warmth throughout and a great tournament organised.
“We’d never seen a tournament of this magnitude in the Free State. We wish to congratulate the LOC for organising such a marvelous event of the highest magnitude and that has once more affirmed that mediocrity is despised,” he told Courant Sport.
“We were impressed with the skills and discipline of the players, as well as the quality of the fields,” he added.
“The technical officials were also professional and all those aspects incorporated in one gave us a great tournament.”
Mokhele highlighted that the association was disappointed that other provinces did not pitch, but happy that the tournament went ahead as planned regardless.