Let’s leave politics out of it
Dhirshan Gobind Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal The Proteas’ latest series defeat should set alarm bells ringing, not just for cricket but for most of our sporting codes and national teams.
The country’s hopes were high a mere 12 months ago when we attempted to win the Africa Cup of Nations and both cricket and rugby world cups, all within one calendar year. I am sure we all know by now how that panned out.
With regard to our big three sports, Bafana Bafana’s slide down the world rankings continues, the Springboks don’t even have a coach and the Proteas’ number one ranking is now a thing of the past.
The big question is why is this happening to our once proud sporting nation?
There are various reasons that each of the codes suffers: poor planning; political interference; controversial transformation issues; poor team selections; lack of grass roots development; lack of quality coaches; and a gradual decline of standards in our local and provincial teams, among many other issues.
There is a long way to go before we reach the heights that made us a feared sporting nation.
The various bodies and powers that be need to take responsibility and implement proper strategies to somehow ring in the necessary changes required to deliver tangible results. Most importantly, stop mixing sports with politics. So what does 2016 hold? A betting man would not count on our Olympic team or the Proteas in the ICC World Twenty20. It seems that only individual sports such as golf have a bright future. SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins has already stated that transformation will take precedence over Springbok results.
With such a mind-set, one feels our fate has already been sealed. Many die-hard fans and supporters are bound to be lost. Good luck, South Africa!
RETIRED Lleyton Hewitt in action during day four of the Australian Open