Sports nominees for the 2016 South African sports awards were announced on Monday at the SABC Studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
The awards will take place in Mangaung in the Free State on November 27.
In its 11th year, the awards seek to recognise and honour the excellence of South African athletes.
The 2016 Sports Awards have accumulated much interest because of the big sporting events that took place this year such as Olympics and Paralympics.
Speaking on Morning Live from the SABC Cape Town studios, Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula congratulated the nominees.
“I am saying to all, congratulations for being nominated and to the federation that has taken part and to all the journalists who have taken time in their schedule to ensure that they nominate the sports star of the year that will be revealed today. I think that is the greatest of them all.”
The awards have 18 categories. One of the most contentious categories – the People’s Choice Awards features the likes of Caster Semenya, Wayde van Niekerk, Chad le Clos, Kagiso Rabada, and Seabelo Senatla. Van Niekerk, Semenya and Rabada will still compete for the Sports Star Award.
Two SABC journalists, Thabiso Sithole and Kwena Moabelo, have been nominated for journalist of the year.
Deputy Minister of Sports and Recreation Gert Osthuizen says South African sports are on the right track.
“We are celebrating excellence in sports, we can agree, yes we had disappointments but we are very proud this morning. We had Olympics and Paralympics that did very well. In fact it speaks to the fruits we are ripping from implementing the national sports and recreation plan. We started way back in 2011/2012, looking back now we are doing the right thing , we are on the right track.”