January 31 2022 at 11:45 a.m

MBOMBELA - After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the South African School Sports Championships are back with a bang from 3 to 6 February in Bloemfontein, Free State.

The Championships will feature all nine provinces fighting for supremacy in tennis, wheelchair tennis, chess and football. “We are excited about the return of the School Sports Championships and our athletes are raring to go. In fact, they have been ready for the longest time,” says Culture, Sport and Recreation spokesperson, Sibongile Nkosi, adding that School Sport Championships are open to primary and secondary pupils.

Team Mpumalanga will be out to make a big impression in the City of Roses and they will be relying on 90 athletes, who will be vying for top honours in tennis, chess and football. The province doesn’t have a team for wheelchair tennis.

According to Nkosi, the South African School Sports Championships were initially scheduled to take place in December last year with a full compliment of sporting codes but were postponed due to the resurgence of Covid-19. The following codes: basketball, cricket, hockey, gymnastics, netball, rugby 7s, table tennis, softball and volleyball will be played later in the year.

“We have faith in the boys and girls who will represent the province at the national championships. The School Sports Championships are a bedrock of development with most current sport stars discovered at this level,” concludes Nkosi.