International Forum on Elite Sport Media Release  No: elitesport1703

23 August 2017

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Written by: Taweni Gondwe

Leading global speakers to tackle sustainable performance and resource management in sport development

Durban  - As resource constraints continue to be the biggest stumbling block to sport development, particularly in the developing world, the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport opening in Durban on Thursday 24 August is set to tackle the thorny subject of sport development at grassroots level.

“Based on the current circumstances in South Africa, Prime Human Performance Institute chose the theme of Sustainable Performance for the 10th Forum of the Association of Sports Performance Centres (ASPC),” confirms Dr Kevin Subban, member of the Local Organising Committee and past Head of the Medical Commission for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

“Faced with several developmental challenges, the South African Government has prioritised the delivery of basic needs such as water, housing, healthcare, education and others. Compounded by high levels of unemployment and poverty, the government is also focused on growing the local economy and attracting foreign investments to enhance job creation.

Against this national backdrop, limited resources are available for Sport Development. Of course, the lack of resources for sport development is not unique to South Africa but is common to most African countries and generally in developing countries,” Subban says.

However, despite these constraints, many sporting federations competing as Team South Africa are still able to achieve significant accolades on the global stage. At the recent IAAF World Championships in London, South Africa performed exceptionally well.

In the final results, Kenya came second, South Africa third and Ethiopia finished seventh, placing the three countries in the top 10 on the medals table.

“For South Africa, these results could be attributed to the world class coaches as well as good medical and scientific support present in the country,” says Subban.

High levels of dedication, sporting talent, medical expertise and the passion for sport haves allowed our South African athletes to perform at the highest level.”

Presentations by visiting global experts at the conference will share intelligence on how to manage scarce resources, strengthening athlete support on and off the field, talent identification and overcoming adversity.

Workshops to be attended by local coaches and sport administrators will have a special focus on school sports and coaching, among other topics. Part of the legacy of the conference is a generous donation from conference partner Power Plate who have brought in sports equipment to the value of R1m for district schools and sports academies in areas of need.

To further deepen its impact on the African sporting scene, the Forum has partnered with African mobile communications company Vodacom to live stream the full three days of the conference.

“This is the first time that Africa is hosting this prestigious conference and we are committed to leveraging this platform to facilitate access to the content of the conference to delegates across the continent who are unable to afford the cost of attending in person,” said Brendon Goodenough, Chairperson of the LOC and Managing Director of Prime Human Performance Institute, announcing the development.

“We are excited to be involved in this project,” says Imran Khan, Executive Head of Sales and Marketing for Vodacom.

“South Africa is a sport loving nation and live streaming this conference locally and abroad will provide vital access to content. It will also give us the opportunity to transfer technical skills to young media production talent who are part of a project of Boston Media House and DoTV Africa.”

The live video streaming can be followed at  can be followed at

The Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct, home to Prime Human Performance Institute which has organized the conference, will be the central location for the conference, underscoring Durban City's commitment to and reputation as a first class host of international sporting events.
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10th International Forum on Elite Sport
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