PRETORIA: In South Africa there will be no international event will happen for next one year after their sports minister banned the national rugby and cricket federations from bidding for or hosting major international tournaments on Monday over their failures to create opportunities for local players.
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula came to this point and announced after receiving a report on “transformation” in five biggest sports of South Africa which are Rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics, and netball.
Other two federations of athletics and netball were also banned from bidding.Only Football was the one to meet its target.[quote]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[/quote]
Mbalula said he would review his decision when will the results of the federations’ transformation efforts for 2016-17.
It will take time at least the end of next year, or maybe in early 2018. His move could prevent South Africa from bidding for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
But for the 2023 Rugby World Cup South African Rugby Union has already announced its intention to bid for the tournament.
Tender documents will release by World Rugby to interested countries in May, and countries must formally confirm their intention to bid in June. As the latest decision announced by Mbalula on Monday, SARU wouldn’t be allowed to bid.
According to reports rugby and cricket, federations said their officials would go into closed-door meetings with sports ministry officials after the announcement which will affect sports in their country.
The South African government has been pushing for years for the country’s main sports — especially rugby and cricket — to create more opportunities for black players.
Even after the two decades of the end of apartheid, those two sports are still generally dominated by whites despite the fact that blacks make up over 80 percent of South Africa’s population.
These all five federations agreed on various transformation targets with the government in 2014.