South Africa Bans Four Sport Federations For Ignoring Black Players

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From BBC Sports

South Africa’s sports minister has banned four of the country’s sport federations from bidding for major international tournaments after they failed to create enough opportunities for black players.

Rugby, cricket, athletics and netball are the affected federations.

The South African Rugby Union had announced it would bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup by the June deadline.

But minister Fikile Mbalula says the ban is in place for at least a year.

The South African government has long encouraged the country’s main sport to create more opportunities for black players.

Bans over black players for four sports

The country’s five major sports federations agreed on various transformation targets with the government in 2014, but football was the only one to meet its target.

`I have therefore resolved to revoke the privilege of Athletics South Africa, Cricket South Africa, Netball South Africa and South African rugby to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments,” Mbalula said in a statement.

The ban comes into effect immediately and Mbalula said the decision will be reviewed after he has received the results of the federations’ transformation efforts for 2016-17, which could be as late as 2018.

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