South Africa’s National record holder Akani Simbine long five years of study finally came to an end on Friday when he Graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in Bachelor of Information science.
The 23 year-old was elated saying his journey had been a strenuous one filled with many challenges and obstacles. But it had been through his determination and hard work that he had managed to achieve his
The Athletics of South Africa president, Aleck Skhosana commended Akani for his achievement.
“We applaud Akani for his great academic achievement and we take note of the difficult challenge of managing his time as an elite athlete and as a university student.
“His commitment and achievement is also an important example to others that education is essential as it offers life after athletics as sport has a lifespan.
“We also congratulate his parents and his coaches including the support staff, for making it possible to juggle his sport and books with equal commitment.”
Last year the sprinter made history when he finished fifth in 9.94 seconds in the 100m final of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.