Sasol Wheelchair Basketball coach adopts ‘Out of quantity comes quality’ approach Johannesburg, Monday, 24 February 2014 – The Sasol-national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team were hard at training at Mandeville Sports Centre, near Johannesburg at the weekend, following the blueprint plan of national coach Franck Belen, aimed at qualifying for the Paralympics in 2015.
While the national team will be in action against France and Spain in the Sasol All Star Championships in Johannesburg in May, as well as travelling to Agadir, Morocco to compete in the 8-Nation Agadir Wheelchair Basketball Championships in July, the coach has put emphasis on having as many training camps as possible this year in a bid to create a squad with immense depth ahead of the 2015 fixtures.
The coach said that he hoped to give as many players as possible at least two national camp opportunities in which to impress. “I believe out of quantity will come quality and I hope to give over 40 players at least two training camp opportunities each over the next few weeks,” said Belen. “I will take it a step further and say that I will probably use different players for the different international fixtures this year. 2014 is all about having as many national camps and training time as possible and Wheelchair Basketball SA and Sasol need to be thanked for their commitment towards creating these opportunities for the team.
” The South African team is ranked 12th in the world and 2nd on the African continent. “You will know that a great number of our players retired from the sport after the 2012 Paralympics in London and we are currently in a rebuilding phase, so rather than throwing players in at the deep end against some of the world’s top teams, I would prefer to nurture and develop the talent at training camps in order to be able to have a full go at next year’s Paralympic qualifiers,” added Belen. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane reconfirmed Sasol’s support towards a healthy working relationship with Wheelchair Basketball SA in the interest of the team.
“Sasol has been a committed sponsor of the national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team since 2007 and believes that the hard work being put in by the players, will pay off in time,” said Mbokane. “As a company, Sasol remains committed towards supporting athletes with disabilities as can be seen through our sponsorship of the Paralympics team in the last two Paralympics, and having committed to Rio 2015. Sasol believes that sport plays a key role in uniting all South Africans across all communities, as the athletes are looked upon as role models and ambassadors throughout all communities, most notably by the youth.”