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Head of RU Sports to represent SA in Russia

Date Released: Mon, 24 June 2013 16:05 +0200

Head of Sport at Rhodes University, Mr Mandla Gagayi will jet-off to Russia this week to represent South Africa delegation as the Deputy Chef de Mission of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) to the World Student Games to be held in Kazan from 6-17 July 2013.

Mr Gagayi was appointed on 17 May due to his active role in sport administration, experience and general contribution in USSA.

His appointment will be valid for more than two months until 31 July 2013.

He says the only other Head of Sport from the South African Universities is Ms Nomsa Mahlangu, Head of Sports from Durban University of Technology. “She is the Chef de Mission,” he says.

“I am very excited and looking forward to the challenge,” he says. His main role will be to attend to all the protocol matters as well as representing Team South Africa to all meetings that are convened by the Local Organizing Committee and FISU.

“I will also be in charge of managing our own staff in the office that will be set-up at our athletes village,” says Mr Gagayi.

“To me this demonstrates the kind of confidence that my peers have on me as well as the recognition of the contribution that Rhodes Sport continues to make towards student sport,” he says.

“On behalf of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) President, I wish you and Team South Africa the best of success for the Universiade. We trust that this will be an unforgettable experience for you all and that you will be true ambassadors for your respective universities, USSA and South Africa as a whole,” says USSA CEO/Secretary-General Louis Nel.

The World Student Games (also known as Universiade) is an international sporting event held by the International University Sports Federation for university athletes every second year.

Mr Gagayi attended a previous World Student Games with the USSA delegation to Bangkok, Thailand in the position of Logistics Manager.

He was also involved in 2010 World Cup as a team liaison for England national team. He performed various tasks such as to discuss the team security with South African Police Service to ensure that the team travelled safely in South Africa, booked flights and accommodation.

 The USSA 2013 team consists of 175 members from many different sporting disciplines.

He will be accompanied by Rhodes University Journalism student Fabio De Dominicis, who was chosen as one of two South African sports journalism students to attend the Young Sports Journalists’ Seminar.

Photo by Sophie Smith