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The Congress of South African Trade Unions sends its congratulations to two of South Africa's sporting greats - Caster Semenya and Louis Oosthuysen - on their recent victories.
Louis Oosthuizen - a 200-1, 27-year-old outsider - won the British Open Golf Championship convincingly by seven strokes over the finest golfers in the world. It was a stunning victory! Appropriately he made history on the day of Nelson Mandela's 92nd Birthday, and his first comment after receiving the famous Claret Jug, was to send greetings to our national icon. We wish him continuing success in the long career that undoubtedly lies ahead.
Caster Semenya came first in her first two 800-metre races in Finland after an 11-month lay-off, as a result of the controversy over her gender status, which was only resolved after a review of gender-verification tests by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was a remarkable achievement and COSATU wishes her well in her forthcoming races in Europe in September and the Commonwealth Games in India in October.
Let us hope that the mood of national pride and self-confidence generated during the 2010 World Cup will continue to inspire all our sportsmen and sportswomen to scale the heights and show the world the talent and determination we possess in abundance.