South Africa Bans Rugby, Cricket from Bidding for Tourneys
four out of the five biggest sports have failed to create enough opportunities for black players.
The minister’s decision is a major blow to the South African Rugby Union’s intention to bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The bidding process starts next month.
South Africa’s government has been pushing for more black players to be included in the nation’s most popular sports, but more than two decades after the end of apartheid whites still make up the bulk of players in athletics, cricket, netball and rugby.
“I have therefore resolved to revoke the privilege of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African rugby (SARU) to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments,” Mbalula said in a statement. The football federation was the only one meet its targets, he added.
Mbalula said he would review the decision when considering the results on the 2016-17 ‘Transformation Barometer’, which could be at the end of next year.
South Africa-Argentina bronze medal match during the Rugby World Cup last year