Story By: Ntombi Khumalo
Tapping tyre, a sport started nine years ago by Lesiba Matlou a 54-year-old man who lives in Soshanguve Extension 1.
This sport started off as one of those unusual part of exercises that most people create themselves, but then there were people who were interested in learning how to do it; that is when he realised it was a sport.“Tapping tyre it is a sport which is not yet registered, but I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it known,”
This is how Matlou explains how to play Tapping tyre and it’s rules.“You have to tap on a Crain tyre on a distance of 100 meters in about 15 minutes, if you fail to arrive at the end you will have to start over again until you finish,” said Matlou
Matlou said that this is not an easy sport, that many people are afraid to do it because they are afraid to fall and get injuries.
“When I first did it in 2010, I broke my arm and leg, and then took a break from it for a while. And all of those people who were keen to know about this sport developed, have fear,” said Matlou
He concluded by saying he is now the only one who is doing it and he is willing to teach and register this sport to be known and practised all over South Africa.
Lucas Tau the Deputy president of Tshwane Sports Council has made efforts to reach out to Matlou for assistance.
“We are willing to help Matlou to register the sports code as soon as we have a formal meeting with him.”
“We also want to look at how dangerous it can be to be practised , and formally introduced,” Tau added.