Qualifying standards for 2018’s Commonwealth Games in Australia will be lowered for SA’s athletes‚ says SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy. To get to the 2014 showpiece in Glasgow‚ Sascoc stipulated that individuals and teams had to be ranked in the top five of the Commonwealth‚ but that will be reduced to top 10 for Gold Coast 2018. More than 6,600 athletes from 70 nations are expected to compete in 275 medal events across 23 sporting disciplines from April 4-15. This is a major departure from the stringent standards Sascoc has set for Commonwealth and Olympic games since Gideon Sam became Sascoc president in 2008. Taking a bigger team to Australia became a consideration after Durban was awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games‚ with the idea being to blood as many youngsters ahead of the home games. But even with the city having lost the right to stage the event‚ the notion of a bigger squad has stuck. "When we were supposed to host the 2022 games‚ G...

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