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June 5, 2013.

Media Release 50 COUNTRIES & 50 DAYS UNTIL THE WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES IN SA For Immediate Release With fifty days to go and fifty countries participating, The 2013 World Transplant Summer Games, is expected to generate R50 million income for host city of Durban. The event, taking place from July 28 August 4, is the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world. It aims to offer hope to those awaiting transplants and encourage the public to become donors, by showing the difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old. World Transplant Games Federation President, Olivier Coustere, commented; Countries that have hosted the event have experienced a 30 percent or higher increase in organ donation rates. In addition to competing in qualifying events, competitors have to be transplant recipients of either solid organs or bone marrow. The WTG will unfold at various venues across Durban, with the majority of events planned for the Kings Park sporting precinct. A new track was flown in from Germany in order to upgrade the Kings Park Athletic Stadium facilities for the event. There are over 50 events including athletics, swimming, tennis, squash, golf, volleyball and bowling. Cycling and road races will take place in the city. The largest contingent of athletes will come from Great Britain and Northern Ireland (298), followed by 142 from the United States of America; 136 athletes from South Africa and 110 from The Netherlands. The smallest teams will come from Nepal, Japan, Slovakia and Kenya, with only one athlete from each of these countries. The standard of these Summer Games is expected to be high. The 100-metres has a competition record of 11.18 seconds and the long jump 6.85-metres. , At the 2011 competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, 47 South Africans participated, winning 17 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals. Four South Africans currently hold World Transplant Games world records.

50 DAYS TO WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES Page 2. South African gold medalists at previous World Transplant Games who are going for gold again this year are: See photo: Daniel Matsoso of Alexandria, Gauteng, who is a gold medalist for the 5km Road Race as well as the 800 and 1 500metres. (He had a kidney transplant in 2009). Other South African gold medalists to watch this year: Lourens Schultz (Gauteng): Constance Sithebe (Gauteng): Javelin (world record) Ball Throw

Edward Ormond (Gauteng), Anil Balmakund(KZN)& Cathy de Beer (KZN) Squash Tracey Jegels (Western Cape): Kosie Laubscher (WC) & Heilie Uys (EC): Robyn Emslie (EC): Stephan van den Berg (FS/NW): 3km Power Walk Golf Lawn Bowls Discus

The World Transplant Games is a celebration of the human spirit, giving individuals with previously life-threatening illnesses, the chance to compete in a high-level sports event and prove that they can not only lead normal, fulfilling lives, but push the boundaries of their physical endurance. Register as an organ donor: www.odf.org.za Ends. Issued on behalf of : THE WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES. For further information , images or footage, contact: Frances Park-Ross, 082 458 4178, kpr@mweb.co.za

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