South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced today that he is revoking the privileges of four major sporting federations – Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby (SARU) – to host or bid to stage any major international events in the country due to their failure to meet their transformation targets.
This will impact on SARU’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Mbalula was speaking at the receiving of the results of the third Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Transformation in Sport Report for 2014/2015.
“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 in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federation, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect,” said Mbalula.
Of the five major sporting federations, only the South African Football Association (Safa) had met its transformation targets, however the minister expressed unhappiness with the “poor drive to penetrate and roll out football in former model C schools and private schools”.
The minister further added that he had written to the 14 additional federations “inviting them to present to me their barometer and prepare themselves for signing Memoranda of Agreements with the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa as a matter of urgency”.
These federations and sport bodies were Basketball, Chess, Table Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Boxing, Hockey, Gymnastic, Swimming, Baseball, Rowing, Bowls, Jukskei and Tennis.