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South Africa Banned From Hosting International Matches

Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s sports minister has banned Cricket South Africa (CSA), Rugby, Football, Netball and athletics from hosting any international matches or tournaments in the country. This report was released on April 25,2016 and which will be again reviewed in 2017. The ban comes to immediate effect as per the sources. The 2020 Under-19 cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in South Africa besides that the country will not host any other major tournament at least 2023.

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This annual transformation report on the ban was presented by eminent person’s group (EPG) with one of its members Willie Basson who is a former CSA president. He also praised CSA and the South African Rugby Union for having transformation committees in place. Transformation committees of CSA and the South African Rugby Union were praised.

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 the South African rugby team poses for photographers during the medal ceremony after winning the bronze medal Rugby World Cup match against Argentina in London. Four of South Africa's leading sports federations were on Monday April 25, 2016 banned by the sports minister from bidding for or hosting major international events for at least a year over their failures to create enough opportunities for black players more than two decades after the end of apartheid. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena-File)

FILE - A June 24, 1995 photo from files showing South African players standing with hands on hearts during the playing of the national anthems before the start of the Rugby Union World Cup Final between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Four of South Africa’s leading sports federations were on Monday, April 25, 2016, banned by the sports minister from bidding for or hosting major international events for at least a year over their failures to create enough opportunities for black players more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Rugby, cricket, athletics and netball all missed targets they agreed on with the government. Soccer was the only one to meet its target. (AP Photo/File)

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All five federations agreed on various transformation targets with the government in 2015. The main goal of these rule is to get a lot of black players at school, club level, and national levels. The sports ministry also intends to agree on transformation targets with another South African sports federations like swimming, where South Africa has had success at the Olympics. Especially in Cricket and Rugby, those two sports are still generally dominated by whites despite the fact that blacks make up over 80 percent of South Africa’s population.

The ban made by the sports minister will not affect regular tournaments which will be in South Africa like Super Rugby and the four-nation Rugby Championship.

 

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