Sports minister blows the whistle on inequity: SA teams are too white

Sports minister blows the whistle on inequity: SA teams are too white

- Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi said he was concerned over the high percentage of white people taking up place in South African sport teams

- His comments followed the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) general meeting at Olympic House in Johannesburg

- According to Nxesi, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympic teams were mostly consisting of white athletes

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Sport Minister Thulas Nxesi said the after the SASCOC general meeting this past weekend that the white people were dominating in numbers in the country's sport teams.

Nxesi said the transformation in regard to teams that represent South Africa internationally was alarming.

He added transformation of sport is a national priority to promote social cohesion and nation building.

Nxesi said while there were some codes making progress, such as the 7s Rugby, the overall progress seemed to be slow in relation to the country's participation in multi-coded international events.

Sport24 reported Nxesi gave statistics, which showed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games 70% of the South African team was white, while 60% of the Rio representatives were white.

He added he could only hope to see further improvement in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Briefly.co.za gathered it was important for the national image of the country and the credibility of Team South Africa.

"It is about the political impact of the optics: people see an overwhelmingly white delegation to an international event, and questions are asked in Parliament - and we have to explain why development and transformation is so slow.”, he added.

He also spoke about the challenges sport bodies face, saying they need to discuss the option of delivering "sport in an ill-defined environment characterised by inaccessibility, inequality and low participation rates".

Nxesi said the SASCOC performed important functions in the country's sport industry, as stated in terms of the National Sport and Recreation Amendment Act no. 18 of 2007.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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