SA Flag Will Continue Flying at World Cup Tournaments After Threat of Ban, Citizens Relieved

SA Flag Will Continue Flying at World Cup Tournaments After Threat of Ban, Citizens Relieved

  • The South African flag is now permitted at the Rugby and Cricket World Cup tournaments, after a previous ban linked to non-compliance issues
  • The ban arose due to South Africa's anti-doping legislation not aligning with the 2021 world anti-doping code
  • South Africans are relieved the Springboks can play their matches in France without the issue hanging over their heads
South African flag at sports matches
South Africans flew the national flag at sports matches. Image: David Rogers and Alexander Joe
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The South African flag is now allowed at rugby and cricket World Cup events, following a prior ban due to non-compliance issues.

SA flag at international sports events

This non-compliance stemmed from South Africa's anti-doping legislation not aligning with the 2021 world anti-doping code.

The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport contested the World Anti-doping Agency's decision and brought the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

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ANC's push for expedited legislation

At the ANC NEC meeting in Boksburg, ANC NEC member Zizi Kodwa asked Deputy President Paul Mashatile's assistance in expediting new legislation, reported SABCNews.

Kodwa mentioned that the cabinet approved the bill on 4 October, and is currently with the office of the state law advisor to ensure the amendments don't conflict with the Constitution.

He added that the next step is parliament, and discussions with the deputy president to fast-track the bill have already occurred, given its significant importance.

SA people weigh in on reinstated flag

Read some of the comments below:

Thabang Nong said:

"Fly rainbow nation, our strength lies in our diversity."

Jimmy Cgina posted:

"Thank you ANC.✊️ "

Frans Mogodi commented:

"I hope that was a lesson to our so-called leadership. We are happy the matter is been resolved even our boys will play with peace and hope."

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Mshn Ka Sipholl Nyandeni wrote:

"Awu they must ban Bafana Bafana not our pride and joy."

Kenny stated:

"They were just being silly."

Thabang David Ramashala commented:

"Thank you Ramaphosa."

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In a related article, Briefly News reported that the Springboks and Proteas may face a situation where they can't fly South Africa's flag at their World Cup games.

They might have to use a neutral flag and not sing the national anthem due to the government's failure to comply with the 2021 regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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Source: Briefly News

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