South Africa Bans Rugby, Cricket from Bid­ding for Tour­neys

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

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

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