South Africa bans cricket, rugby federations from bidding for major tournaments

South Africa on Monday banned its national cricket and rugby federations from hosting or bidding for international tournaments for at least a year due to their failure to increase representation of black players.

Reuters, Apr, 27 2016

South Africa on Monday banned its national cricket and rugby federations from hosting or bidding for international tournaments for at least a year due to their failure to increase representation of black players.

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula said the athletics and netball federations were also barred from bidding to stage global events after a report showed that four out of the five biggest sports have failed to create enough opportunities for black players.

File picture of Fikile Mbalula. Getty Images

File picture of Fikile Mbalula. Getty Images

The minister's decision was a major blow to the South African Rugby Union's intention to bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The bidding process starts next month.

South Africa's government has been pushing for more black players to be included in the nation's most popular sports but more than two decades after the end of apartheid whites still make up the bulk of players in athletics, cricket, netball and rugby.

"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," Mbalula said in a statement.

The soccer federation was the only one of the five to meet its transformation targets, he said.

Mbalula said he would review the decision when considering the results on the 2016-17 'Transformation Barometer', which could be at the end of next year.

Published Date: Apr 27, 2016 | Updated Date: Apr 27, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115