Bidding ban lifted on rugby, cricket and netball

Mark Alexander (Gallo Images)
Mark Alexander (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The department of Sport and Recreation has lifted its ban that had prevented the organisations in charge of South African rugby, cricket and netball from bidding for and hosting major events. 

The news broke on Tuesday morning following a meeting in Pretoria where government officials and representatives from those organisations reviewed the 2015/16 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report on transformation. 

In April last year, then-sports minister Fikile Mbalula had banned rugby, cricket, netball and athletics from bidding for or hosting major events due to their transformation scorecards in the 2014/15 EPG report. 

It affected SA Rugby more than anyone, given that they are lining up a bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 

The lifting of the ban means that government can now officially back that World Cup bid, and that SA Rugby will be able to submit its final, signed bid documents to World Rugby by the June 1 deadline. 

Of the four codes, athletics was the only one to not have its ban lifted. 

More to follow ...

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 7605 votes
Cricket
11% - 1926 votes
Football
19% - 3477 votes
Athletics
3% - 452 votes
Boxing
1% - 162 votes
Cycling
2% - 431 votes
Golf
5% - 889 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1503 votes
Tennis
3% - 599 votes
Water sports
1% - 163 votes
American sports
1% - 211 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 557 votes
Vote