Last year, the South African department of Sports and Recreation had imposed a ban on rugby, cricket, athletics and netball from hosting sporting events because these clubs did not meet its “diversity” targets.
These diversity targets were created to give more opportunities to black athletes. Of the five biggest sports, only football was able to meet the diversity criteria.
Today, rugby, cricket and netball were able to meet the diversity goals and once again, they are able to host sporting events with the exception of athletics. The news came out this morning after a meeting in Pretoria where government officials and representatives from those organizations reviewed the 2015/16 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report on transformation.
Thulas Nxesi, the newly appointed sports minister of South Africa was very happy about lifting the sanction saying “I would like to congratulate rugby, cricket and netball on their improved scores, you were clearly willing to walk the extra mile.” Nxesi expects sporting federations to provide leadership on racial diversity at school and club levels.
Many paris virtuels websites were eagerly awaiting the news and some sports betting software companies even announced that some of their clients had even taken bets on the outcome of the press conference.
Mark Alexander the SA Rugby president was also very happy with the news saying it is a “tribute to the work that the sport has been doing in recent years to stay in tune and relevant to modern South Africa.”
Now that the ban is lifted on rugby, South Africa is placing a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The final decision on which country will host the Rugby World Cup will be made this November. South Africa will be competing against France and Ireland for the host country position.