The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) will send its biggest team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The preparations for this year’s Games have started in earnest exactly six months before the opening ceremony.

But the biggest challenge that SASCOC is facing is sponsorship for its team of 228 athletes and 25 coaches.

SASCOC acting president Barry Hendricks says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has come on board as a broadcasting partner.

Hendricks, “We have got our house in order, we have got our team in order, and we are busy preparing for that. It is about bringing on these partners to assist us with funding and I’m pleased to announce already that a few organisations have come forward, one of the biggest is the SABC.”

“They are now in consultation with us as a media partner and we look forward to signing that contract with them in the near future – just one small contractual change is needed for us to put pen to paper once that is done. We’ll have coverage of the Paralympics as well as the Olympics by the SABC and that already is a huge feather in our cap.”