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South Africa: Sports “Too White”

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South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has formally suspended that country’s rugby, cricket, netball, and athletics associations from bidding for international tournaments because they are too white.

Making the announcement this week, Mbalula said those organizations had “failed to transform”—that is, they had not attracted enough black players.

“I have 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 in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federations, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect,” Mbalula said.

He said the South African Football Association (SAFA) had met its target—unsurprisingly, as that sport has always been a black-dominated recreation in South Africa.

The crux of the agreement included a prerequisite for 60 percent of international players to be black.

However, not due to any fault of the sports associations themselves, only a tiny number of blacks have signed up to play any of the sports, making it impossible to meet the 60 percent quota.

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