Media Statement
Attention: Editors and Journalists
Monday, 16 October 2023

PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE HOSTING OF THE 2023 BRICS GAMES IN DURBAN

The Government through the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government will host the 2023 BRICS Games from 18-21 October in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality as part of BRICS Chairship for 2023.

The eThekwini Metro will welcome BRICS nations for the 5th edition of the BRICS Games, an exciting initiative that will see athletes from across the BRICS member countries compete at the highest level. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westridge Park Tennis Stadium, Kings Park Swimming Pool, and Bay of Plenty will host this years’ competition. Hundreds of athletes aged between U/19 & U/21 across BRICS nations will battle for various honours within five (5) sporting codes namely, Swimming (Kings Park Swimming Pool), Badminton (UKZN Old Mutual Sports Hall), Table Tennis (UKZN Westville Campus Indoor Hall), Tennis (Westridge Park Tennis Stadium), Beach Volleyball (Bay of Plenty).

Also the home to the world-class and iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban has hosted numerous major global sporting events which have been staged in world-class venues and have placed us among the top host nations.

India organised 1st BRICS Under-17 Football tournament in Goa in October 2016. This was followed by the 2nd edition of BRICS Games that took place at Guangzhou in China in June 2017, wherein BRICS teams competed in Volleyball, Wushu and Taolu games. South Africa organised and successfully hosted the 3rd BRICS Games on 22 July 2018 at Johannesburg, comprising of Men’s/Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Football events before the Covid-19 global pandemic saw China staging a virtual championship in 2022. Following the BRICS leaders’ recommendation, South Africa will this time host an expanded BRICS Games championship programme which will see not only more sporting codes but also the most inclusive games that also include Paralympians participating in both tennis and table tennis for the very first time since at the BRICS Games.

“The 2023 BRICS Games promise to be a special experience for all. Further to the strong partnerships that already exist between the BRICS nations, these games will also show the power of sport to unite and deepen connections. Sport epitomises the sheer human will and desire to overcome all odds. It brings people, communities, and nations together,” stated Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa.

For accreditation, members of the media can follow the link below: https://dsacevents.dsac.gov.za/ZA_brics2023/login_form.php

For Media Enquiries:
Ms Zimasa Velaphi (DSAC Head of Communication and Marketing) | Email: ZimasaV@dsac.gov.za | Cell: 072 172 8925

Mr Thabo Mofokeng (KZNDSAC Head of Communication) | Email: Thabo.Mofokeng@kzndsac.gov.za | Cell: 082 731 7456

Mr Litha Mpondwana: Media Liaison Officer: Office of the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture │ Email: LithaM@dsac.gov.za │ Cell: 064 802 3003

Mr Nathi Olifant: Media Liaison Officer, KZN MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture | Email: naolifant@gmail.com | Cell: 072 292 2502

Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government

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