BUDGETING for Sports should be improved tremendously from the R2 million that it currently is, to at least R5 million, said Nelson Mandela Bay Executive mayor Danny Jordaan last week.
The mayor was speaking during the launch of the Mayoral Cup at the City Hall in Port Elizabeth last Thursday. Football, rugby, netball and for the first time this year, boxing was part of the sporting codes already contesting the Mayoral Cup Competition at Jabavu Stadium and Sizakhele Konzi Community Hall, KwaNobuhle, since Saturday 22 August.
Sporting Federations including legends and heroes and heroins of the codes involved were part of those present during the launch.
Jordaan believes this competition should start the resurgence of what used to be sports activism of high quality in Nelson Mandela Bay â€“ the City of Champions.
According to Jordaan, the Mayoral Committee should apologise to the sporting fraternity that they were getting so little in terms of budget.
He however, mentioned that there was actually no budget for the Mayoral Cup when he came into office. He asked for it.
Jordaan said he was concerned that sport was experiencing many challenges.
He said there was a need to bring back the sporting tradition that Mandela Bay was known for.
â€œOur boxing, football, rugby, cricket elite teams are struggling. This should be a concern,â€? said Jordaan adding that the EP Kings were not where they were supposed to be. â€œChipper United too, was supposed to be up among the best, and it is not.
â€œWe are going to engage these sporting codes to find out how we could strengthen sport at the elite level, on the one hand, and how do we make heroes of all the sports. We must find out, what is missing there, said Jordaan, adding that something must also be done to improve sport development at amateur level