SAfrican swimmers await royal treatment in Monaco



JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Olympic swimmers will be getting royal treatment from a former team member — Princess Charlene of Monaco.

South Africa’s swimming federation says Charlene has offered to give the team access to training facilities in June leading to the London Olympics.

The 34-year-old princess swam for South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Games and married Prince Albert of Monaco last year.

Swimming South Africa spokesman Godfrey Monei says she will host the athletes for about a week around the Mare Nostrum swim meet June 11-12. Monei says details are yet to be worked out, but “she would like to assist the team in its preparations for the Olympics.”