Mbalula calls for action from administrators

Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula says South Africa’s administrators must take responsibility for a lack of transformation in sport.

“The fundamental question is, what have we done as federations to develop talent?” Mbalula said at the launch of the National Sport Indaba, to be held later this year, at Ellis Park yesterday.

“I can say without any doubt that we have done zilch. We blame the players but we never blame the sports administrators who only seem to think about themselves.”

Mbalula said channels would be opened for all South Africans to give input ahead of the national sport indaba which he hoped would address a lack of transformation and put an end to the controversy surrounding quotas in national teams, 16 years after South Africa’s first democratic elections.

“The debate is open to all: peasants, farmers, rural and urban women, teachers and students, players and coaches, sports administrators and managers, politicians and bureaucrats, young and old,” Mbalula said. 

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