Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sports Minister, Thulas Nxesi does the right thing.

Mr Thulas Nxesi (Appointed Minister of Sport and Recreation
on 31 March 2017) Photograph courtesy of SRSA.
Over the past number of years, it has long been my opinion that not all is right with SASCOC.

There are a number of issues that have surfaced time-and-time again which a number of both the Board and member federations of SASCOC have seemed to turn a blind eye.

As as result, anyone (individuals and federations) who has raised such issues has seemingly been dealt with quite harshly by SASCOC even though such actions by SASCOC may appear not to be in line with current legislation.

Thus, it is no surprise to me to see the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr. Thulas Nxesi, announce on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 that a ministerial committee of inquiry will delve into a wide range of allegations of maladministration at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

According to Jan Gerber of News24, "He said the inquiry into Sascoc was in response to numerous and serious allegations of poor governance, financial mismanagement and non-adherence to the Sascoc constitution, and the Sascoc board’s failure to respond to these matters.
Some of these matters had been reported in the media, and others were directed to his office from individual board members, federations and aggrieved individual."
Minister Thulas Nexesi stated, "In the light of these serious allegations, I have decided to appoint a committee of inquiry – consisting of a retired judge, two additional members and a team leader for leading evidence."

Director General of Sport and Recreation Alec Moemi said, if there was "internal wrangling" at Sascoc, it could affect the preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games, to held on Australia’s Gold Coast. 
This is indeed not a sprint, it is a marathon, and no doubt, a lot will come out in the months ahead.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Armoured Brothers and Aziz Kallel will represent Tunisia in the IeSF WC 2017


The 4th edition of the e-Sports Tunisian Cup (ETC 2017) took place at the Carthage Game Show (CGS 2017) on the 5th and 6th August at the UTICA. Carthage Game Show is an event that gathers multiple activities related to video games: game development conferences, game development and artistic competitions, cosplays, retro gaming and YouTube. The event had more than 1.500 visitors, 20.000 watched the 16 hours of live streaming on Gamers Arena’s channel, and more than 350.000 viewers heard of the event on TV channels Nessma TV and Hannibal TV.

43 teams participated in the ETC 2017 – League of Legends and the grand winner was Armoured Brothers. They convincingly won against Geekerz 3-0: team captain Ali Gaaloul and his teammates were in top condition and won every single game during the whole tournament. Armoured Brothers have been training very hard for the qualifiers and for the IeSF WC, their current roster is the following : Ali Gaaloul, Sami Sliti, Ayoub Chargui, Samih Massaoudi and Selim Zaouali.
34 players participated in the ETC 2017 – Tekken 7 and the grand winner was Aziz Kallel. His solid execution and patience were too difficult for his opponents to deal with.
The winners will have the chance to represent Tunisia during the e-Sports world championship – IeSF World Championship which will take place from November 9th to November 12th, 2017, in Busan, Korea.
We interviewed Armoured Brothers’ team leader – Ali Gaaloul, a regular player of the IeSF World Championships.
Interview with Ali Gaaloul – Armoured Brothers captain(By Mary Stambouli and Raft_k – August 2017)
Hello Ali,  firstly we would like to congratulate you for your amazing performance during the national IeSF qualifiers, wishing you all the best in your participation at the IeSF World Championship Busan 2017.
Answer : Thank you very much, it truly is a pleasure to be able to represent Tunisia internationally once again, we have sacrificed a lot and we are going to put in a lot of effort in order to be able to succeed internationally in Korea.
Q : Do you remember your first experiences of playing league of legends and did you think – back then – that you’ll become the undisputed best Tunisian League of Legends player?
Answer:  I would not call myself the best Tunisian League of Legends player, I think however with the right amount of resources in game which my team is able to give me, I know how to carry the game and I also have good knowledge on what makes a team successful through my previous experiences.
My first ever team experience was with a team named “Godslike gaming” in Tunisia, I was around 13 years old and I was diamond 1 in season 3 and I had uploaded a screenshot of my achievement in a Tunisian LoL group, I had then received a message from someone named “Amine Abidi” (Godlike King) who had offered me a spot in their team which I ended up accepting.
I always did strive to be the best however and I was never satisfied with coming 2nd place, for me, coming 2nd was the same as coming last, so every time I would lose, a tournament, I would analyze what went wrong and what I should not do again and how I can improve the team atmosphere, etc.
Q : Being a successful player, how can you manage your time between your studies/work and gaming? (if applicable)
Answer: Time management and setting up a timetable with discipline is very important, I do not think that it is necessary nor is it productive to play for more than 5 hours a day, so I would wake up, eat etc, workout a bit, play, but in between every win/loss I would take a 10-30 minute break analyzing the game i had just played/doing other activities such as school work etc, but time management and knowing how to discipline yourself is very important for both LoL and real life matters if you wish to succeed in both categories.
Q: What are the qualities needed to be a successful League of Legends player?
Answer:  I believe that discipline, self-criticism and motivation are the 3 most important factors when it comes to doing well in League, most players tend to blame their team mates in soloq when in reality, most of their games would’ve been winnable if they were simply better at the game, but they are unable to view it; also it is important to know how to improve, and to have the patience to admit that you are bad and to admit that you need to improve, and to also know how to do it through watching your own replays and better players play.
Q: What do you think of  the League of Legends scene in Tunisia?
Answer: My honest answer would be that I do not believe that it is getting enough media attention and players are not treated very well. 
Players in Tunisia who DO have the potential to go pro even at an LCS level would be ignored or looked down upon or even laughed at, I have seen players who have the potential to go pro, but people who are actually high up and do have the power to help them would simply laugh at them or mock them saying they are not “pro players” nor are they “semi-pro” and that they will never get anywhere etc, which ends up ruining their self-esteem.
The Tunisian LoL platform brings players down rather than helping them succeed due to its horrible infrastructure and the fact that players are not treated like the e-Sports superstars that they should be.
I believe that if players were treated the way that they should be treated, and if Tunisian Associations/organisations had actually paid enough media attention to e-Sports in Tunisia, then we would have at least 3+ players who would already be in the LCS because Tunisians are actually good at League but they do not get enough support nor do people care about them enough in order to help them succeed.
A player who could potentially be the next Deft may be ignored or disqualified in a tournament or he could have his spot taken by players who are around bronze level which although organizers believe that doing this is “fair”, it seriously does harm the e-Sports scene, I was the winner of the IeSF qualifiers for 3 years in a row which I believe is a pretty big accomplishment, and I have received 0 media attention and me and my team are not present in any of the aftermovies, this makes it impossible for spectators to know that there is a scene in Tunisia and it makes our accomplishments void and invisible, I have tried to change this myself through Youtube/Live Streaming and media, however I am not able to change much without the support of organisations, and it seems like my voice has gone in vain and I have simply been ignored, which is why I have decided to go to Turkey/UK as I believe that i can help out Tunisia more through playing on their platform rather than playing in Tunisia.
Q: Do you have any recommendations for the aspiring young players who dream of making a professional  career in playing League of Legends ?
Answer:  Focus on self-improvement and do not flame, younger players usually do not understand how bad it is to flame in LoL and how badly it reduces your chances of winning, you need to be disciplined, also, if you wish to join a team and you are diamond +, I recommend posting your achievements in Tunisian LoL groups so that team owners may actually find you and recruit you, if you never post your achievements then team owners will simply not know where to look to find you.
Q: About the CGS qualifiers, what was the most memorable moment? Maybe the 3-0 sweep in the finals?

Answer: Most memorable in game moment was probably when Ayzou said that I was going to 1v9 which had actually motivated me and hyped me up to go for riskier plays such as 1v2ing or getting a 2v5 pentakill. However my team performed very very well, all 5 of us played very well as a team, especially Ayoub  (Imjustpro).

Q:  We followed your recent trainings through your vlogs, and knowing that you are leading a new roster, how did you manage to create such a good cohesion in your team?
Answer:  I think the fact that we had sacrificed so much as a team was able to help us bond a lot, all 5 of us had sacrificed together and we would sleep in poor conditions and we sacrificed food and comfort just to be able to practice together as a team, so when we were playing we would be thinking about all the sacrifices that we had made together as a team which had seriously helped us out a lot, I think it is important for a team to bond together and to get to know the other members personally as it builds trust which would then translate into the game, it is also important for all 5 members to understand each other’s tempers and also how to help each other calm down so that the team does not give up.
Q:  Have you guys scheduled any special preparations for the world championship?
Answer:  Yes, we have, we plan on practicing together as a team however we do not think that we can unless we are able to find sponsors, our main priority right now is to find sponsors and once we do so we will go back to practicing as a team, as we unfortunately are not able to practice in the same place that we were practicing in before as it is a school and school has started again for them, so we are looking for sponsors who may possibly aid us as me myself, I personally am unable to play from home due to poor Internet conditions so we hope that we find aid as soon as possible so that we can actually practice and win.
Q:  If you had to change a few things in your team, what would that be?
Answer:  I do not think that I would change anything, all of the players with me are extremely motivated and we all strive to win.
Q:  What are your goals in Busan, South Korea?
Answer:  We honestly wish to place top 3, I know that it is possible for us to win the whole tournament if we could miraculously find a sponsor who would help us practice in Korea, but since that is very unlikely, top 3 would be achievable if we are able to receive the required aid in Tunisia.
Q:  Thank you very much Ali, we wish you the very best of luck, anything to add?
Answer:  I think that it is very important for everyone to understand that we are representing Tunisia internationally, we are not representing Armoured Brothers nor am I representing myself, we are representing our country, therefore we need as much support as possible in terms of media/sponsors etc, because I know that if we win internationally, we may be able to change the gaming infrastructure in Tunisia.

IeSF readies itself for its 2017 AGM

The strength of the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) rests in its membership.

Being a non-profit member based organisation, no-one owns IeSF. Instead the entire organisation exists to serve its member national federations and to deliver long-term programmes that will be of benefit to both national federations and athletes alike.

In accordance with the IeSF Statutes Article 12 Clause 3-2, Article 13 Clause 3-2, Article 21 Clause 3 and Clause 7, IeSF has requested members to submit motions to be posted on the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting shall be held during the 9th World Championships which are to be held in Busan, South Korea. 

Once the motions have been received and reviewed by IeSF's Board, such motions shall be distributed to all Members with the Board’s comment at least 30 days in advance of such General Meeting.

MSSA's member clubs are welcome to participate in this international process by submitting their thoughts, issues, and ideas to MSSA on or before “18th of September 2017”.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Final entry date for MSSA's Online League for 3 term schools - 5th of September 2017.

Grey College in action in MSSA's Online League for 4 term schools.
There is no doubt that Mind Sports South Africa's Online School League is more than popular.

Already the Online League for 4 term schools is in its fifth week.


Yet, there is no rest  for the wicked.

Before the 
Online League for 4 term schools has finished, MSSA is already gearing  up for its Online League for 3 term schools.


The final entry date for teams will be 20H00 on Tuesday, 5th of September 2017.

If entries are not submitted before the close off date and time, schools will not be able to participate in this championship.

The championship is an awesome opportunity for scholars to earn provincial colours for their respective games and provinces. Further details are as follows:


Three term schoolsschool league - 
3 term school league - 
1st round - week ending 8 September 2017
2nd round - week ending 15 September 2017
3rd round - week ending 22 September 2017
4th round - week ending 29 September 2017
5th round - week ending 6 October 2017

Esport titles to be played at 2017 School LAN Provincial and National Championships

StarCraft IILeague of LegendsHearthStoneTekken 7
CounterStrike: GOFIFA '17DotA 2VainGlory

Schools  must enter their teams on the allotted Google Drive pages.

Queries may be directed to Tyrone Green at: mssaschoolsdirector@gmail.com 

Friday, 18 August 2017

2017 City of Johannesburg Championships - 9 & 10 September 2017

OLD EDWARDIAN WARGAMES CLUB

11 Ninth Avenue, LOWER HOUGHTON, 2198
Tel: 011 728 7335

e-mail: 
wargames@iafrica.com
https://www.facebook.com/OE.wargames


As one of the oldest mind sports clubs in South Africa, having been established in 1989, Old Eds (to which it is lovingly referred) has remained at the forefront of promoting all the various disciplines.

The club has produced no less than five (5) world champions, and also is actively involved in the administration of the sport at national and international levels.

The club too also is the only club in Johannesburg that has hosted City of Johannesburg Regional Championships.

Such championships have produced the following winners:

YearMEN
WOMEN
PeriodNameClub
NameClub
2016AncientsTie: Jason Batzofin &
Terence Allwright
St John's College
Old Edwardian Wargames Club



MorabarabaDion Du PreezWitbank


2015AncientsColin WebsterOld Edwardian Wargames Club


FIFA ‘15Rowan BatzofinWits University
Blair HambergerSt Andrews
MorabarabaSimphiwe MaphumulpoZola Checkers Club
Boitemulo MakoNafeng Primary School
2014AncientsDr Renier van HeerdenKnights Mind Sports Club
Elishia RetiefOld Edwardian Wargames Club
MorabarabaMerlin LoveSt John’s college



Thus OEWC will be hosting the 2017 City of Johannesburg Championships on 9 & 10 September 2017.
The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials as according to MSSA's rules, the winner of a Regional Championship automatically is invited to such National Team Trials.

Entries will close at 18H00 on 4 September 2017. Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the City of Johannesburg Regional Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club
Old Edwardian Wargames Club (OEWC)
  • Venue: Blue Room, Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg
  • Date: 9 & 10 September 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Schedule: As below.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices

Saturday – 9/9/2017Sunday – 10/9/2017
MorabarabaStarCraft IIAncientsFIFA ‘17
Round 110H00-10H4509H009H00-10H3009H00
Round 211H00 - 11H4510H3011H00 – 12H3010H30
Round 314H00 -14H4512H0014H00 – 15H3012H00
Round 415H00 - 15H4514H0016H00 – 17H3014H00
Round 516H00 - 16H4515H30
15H30
Awards shall be awarded immediately after play has ceased.

Rules and Regulations
: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.
The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2017 City of Johannesburg Regional Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in both categories as above.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • Regional Colours: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall be awarded Regional Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials in such division. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

When politicians attempt to further capture sport.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has just received an e-mail from the Gauteng Sports Council (GSC) in which GSC is attempting to get a 'Johannesburg Sports Council' (JCS) off the ground.

The preamble of such JCS states:

"The Johannesburg Sports Confederatiois herein established in terms of the Articles of Association of Gauteng Sports Confederation and South African Sports Confederation Olympic Committee. JSC stands by confirming the philosophy of non-racial and non-sexism to be the guiding principle in our endeavor to enhance unity, peace and harmony in sport in Johannesburg. The main object of JSC is to implement all GSC and SASCOC programs and to act as a controlling body of sports and recreation in Johannesburg.
The main object of JSC is to implement all GSC and SASCOC programs and to act as a Coordinating body of sports and recreation in Johannesburg.

JSC is responsible for the oversight of transformation, development and all the activities of all the sports and recreation done by its members. JSC will act as a controlling body for preparation and delivery of Team Johannesburg to all provincial games.

JSC will act as a coordinating body for preparation and delivery of Team Johannesburg to all provincial games."

Immediately on reading the preamble, warning bells sound off in my mind.

Really, the main object is to implement GSC and SASCOC programs, what about those of the athletes?

This is the danger of having too many tiers of membership, those who accept the positions of being an office-bearer quickly forget that they are there to serve the athlete, not the entrenched status quo.

Those drafting the JCS' Constitution have also seemingly forgotten to read the Sport and Recreation Act, Number 110 of 1998 (as amended) which makes the national federations to be the sole authorities.

Also, how will this new organisation deliver 'Team Johannesburg' to all provincial games? For a start it will have to comply with the national federation, and be affiliated to the national federation.
Only a politician with a very poor grasp of sports law could have drafted this document, and only politicians with ulterior motives could be proposing this half-baked proposal.



Proposed Calendar of Events for 2018

Every year Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) advises its membership in August of its Calendar of Events for the upcoming year.

By doing it this way, all member clubs are afforded the opportunity to make input in order to help MSSA create even a better calendar of events.

Over the years clubs like Northcliff High School and Maritzburg College have made a massive contribution to the way in which things have been done, which have further improved the standard of MSSA events.

By bringing out the calendar in August of each year, it also allows member clubs time to prepare themselves to bid for events.

The proposed Calendar for 2018 is:

2018 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue

3 & 4 FEBRUARY
26th Old Edwardian Summer Championships
Ancients, Checkers, FIFA ‘17, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
10 FEBRUARY
On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships
CS:GO, DotA, FIFA, LOL, SC, TTT II, VainGlory
On-line
24 & 25 FEBRUARY
36th GAUTENG Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

24 & 25 MARCH
23rd NORTH WEST Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

21 APRIL

Provincial Online Championships

Dota 2,
CounterStrike GO,
League of Legends,
Street Fighter V
On-line
28 & 29 APRIL
Free State Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Gauteng Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Board and Figure games

5 & 6 MAY
National Team Trials
Morabaraba and Wargames

26 & 27 MAY
17th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

26 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting

2 & 3 JUNE
eSports National Team Trials
TBD

23 & 24 JUNE
15th FREE STATE Championships
All

7 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
Checkers, Morabaraba,
Street Fighter V, MortalKombat X, Tekken and FIFA’17

Week ending
27 JULY
1st round of School League for 4 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
28 & 29 JULY
SA School Championships
Board, Figure and eSports

4 & 5 AUGUST
24th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
All

11 AUGUST
StarCraft II, Hearthstone
eSports (PC)
On-line
25 & 26 AUGUST
22nd WESTERN CAPE Championships
All

TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
1 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championships
FIFA ‘17, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X, TEKKEN TAG II, StarCraft II, Checkers, Morabaraba

Week ending
7 SEPTEMBER
1st round of School League for 3 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
8 & 9 SEPTEMBER
City of Johannesburg Championships
Sat. Morabaraba & StarCraft II
Sun. Ancients & FIFA

22 & 23 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All

29 SEPTEMBER
Polokwane Regional Championships
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends

27 & 28 OCTOBER
6th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
1 & 2 DECEMBER
31st S A NATIONAL Championships
All

2 DECEMBER
34th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting

TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA

Notes:

  1. International events still need to be included.
  2. Inter-Provincial events need to be included
  3. Inter-Regional events need to be included
  4. Club events need to be included
  5. Regional Championships need to be included.
  6. Free State is moved to earlier in the year.
  7. National Team Trials still need to be included