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  • Fikile Mbalula has revoked the rights for SARU and Cricket SA to host international tournaments
    Posted by on Apr 25th, 2016

    UPDATE: Mbalula’s decision to ban bidding for international tournaments has cast serious doubt on South Africa hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Bidding for the tournament opens next month and a decision on host countries will be made by November. Under the ban SA cannot bid.

    Regarding the other tournaments this from CEO of SA Rugby, Jurie Roux:

    “Roux confirmed that the minister’s announcement did not relate to existing international events such as Vodacom Super Rugby, the Springboks’ Castle Lager Incoming Test Series or Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test programme or the HSBC Cape Town Sevens.

    He said that SA Rugby planned to engage the minister on the organisation’s hopes of hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup to fully understand the implications.” [SA Rugby]

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    SA’s Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, has revoked the rights of SA rugby, cricket, athletics and netball to host or bid for any international tournaments. Mbalula said that the four big sport federations in South Africa have failed to meet their transformation targets so he is banning them from hosting major tournaments in SA.

    fikile mbalula tweet

    Mbalula made the announcement at the eminent persons group (EPG) transformation report earlier today.

    “I have 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 in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federations, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect,” [Sport24]

    I still havn’t figured out what this means for SA sport, but if anyone can shed some light on the topic let’s hear it.

    Will we still be allowed to host the Cape Town 7’s tournament?

    mick says:
    April 04, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    It is a privalege to have them choose us, not to host and bid for it.
    As usual the boi has got it wrong.

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