At the banquet to bid farewell and good luck to the SA team bound for the London Olympics eight years ago, the then sports minister Fikile Mbalula gave a speech. It was not long, but, man, was it fierce, full of guts and thunder with more war metaphors than could be counted. 

He roared at his brave “forces” to march to England and come home victorious warriors. We shall fight them on beach volleyball courts, landing grounds fields, streets and hills. We shall never surrender. Adoring sports administrators lapped it up...

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