Five sports stars get National Orders

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iol news pic caster semenya AP File - Caster Semenya after finishing in second place in the women's 800-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, file)

Johannebsurg - The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Thursday announced five new recipients of National Orders.

Wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, paralympic track athlete Fanie van der Merwe, Jomo Cosmos owner Ephraim Matsilele “Jomo” Sono, and 800-metre track athlete Caster Semenya will all receive the recognition presented by President Jacob Zuma on Freedom Day, on Sunday April 27.

“Sascoc commends a job well done by each and every recipient of the National Orders,” said Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy.

“These true heroes have contributed immensely towards the country's progression and in unifying our nation.”

According to the government, National Orders are the highest awards that the country bestows on both its citizens as well as eminent foreign nationals who have played a pivotal role towards the progression of democracy.


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