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Originally published Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:18 AM

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SAfrican govt, lottery gives $14M for Olympics

South Africa's government and national lottery say they are contributing more than $14 million to help athletes prepare for the London Olympics.

AP Sports Writer

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JOHANNESBURG —

South Africa's government and national lottery say they are contributing more than $14 million to help athletes prepare for the London Olympics.

The lottery has provided $10.2 million over three years, while the ministry of sport and recreation announced an additional $4.4 million for the Olympic effort.

Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula said Friday it was "an attempt to boost the morale of our teams."

South Africa is hoping to turn around a poor showing at the 2008 Beijing Games when it won just one medal - silver in the men's long jump.

That marked South Africa's worst performance since returning to the 1992 Olympics after apartheid ended.

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