SA Rugby reacts to ban on hosting tournaments

South Africa: Rugby, cricket banned from hosting tournaments

SA Rugby, as well as Cricket South Africa, Netball SA and Athletics South Africa, had revoked their privilege of "hosting and bidding for major and mega worldwide tournaments in South Africa as a effect of...not meeting their own set transformation targets", said the minister.

South Africa's sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, has banned Cricket South Africa (CSA) from hosting any major worldwide tournaments after the cricket board failed to meet several transformational targets.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport in South Africa, dealt a blow to South Africa's bid to host World Cup 2023 on Monday as he announced that a number of sporting institutions would not be allowed to host global tournaments.

Cricket is one of a "big five" of South African sporting federations that signed a memorandum of understanding with the sports ministry last May underlining a five-year strategic plan and commitment to change. It's now 22 years since the end of apartheid's system of minority white rule and those two sports are still generally dominated by whites despite the fact that blacks make up over 80 percent of South Africa's population.

South Africa's Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula has slapped the country's top sports with bans from bidding or hosting major tournaments.

The annual transformation report was presented by the eminent person's group (EPG) and one of its members Willie Basson, who is also a former CSA acting president has stated that the transformation rate in the sporting bodies has been very slow.

South Africa were scheduled to host the Under-19 World Cup in 2020.

However, it complicates South Africa's intention to bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Under the decision announced by Mbalula on Monday, SARU wouldn't be allowed to bid for 2023.

The bidding process is due to start next month but will not conclude until next year, by which time SA Rugby hopes to have had the right to host reinstated.

The minister added that his decision was based on making sure that South African children under 18 would be given equal opportunities, and said he had taken the strides already made into account.

"It means rugby will not be in a position to host mega-events in terms of the Springboks as it relates to hosting the World Cup".

Mbalula said he had the power to completely withdraw recognition for a federation over transformation, but he stopped short of that.

Kriel points out that the greatest obstacle to ensure access for all South Africans to sport events lies with Government itself.

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