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Rugby gave the impression it was getting its retaliation in first after Springbok captain Siya Kolisi supported the #BlackLivesMatter movement by sharing the alienation he felt when he arrived in an Afrikaans-language culture in the Bok team. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images
Rugby gave the impression it was getting its retaliation in first after Springbok captain Siya Kolisi supported the #BlackLivesMatter movement by sharing the alienation he felt when he arrived in an Afrikaans-language culture in the Bok team. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

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To suggest that the observation of #BlackLivesMatter has been seamless in Formula One, the English Premier League and the rest of the free sporting world would be disingenuous, but it hasn’t quite left the earth as scorched as it has in South Africa.

Having begun with an innocuous comment by Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, the fallout in cricket was such that the sport now has a transformation ombud to deal with racial discrimination in the game, the recriminations elbowing for room with Cricket SA’s boardroom scandals.

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