Mbeki: Nations need to implement anti-racism resolutions
Thabo Mbeki says the UN anti-racism agreement has not been fully implemented.
JOHANNESBURG - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki says while hundreds of countries belonging to the United Nations have adopted anti-racism resolutions, the implementation falls short of what was expected.
In 2001, Mbeki convened the UN World Conference against racism in Durban and on Thursday he spoke at a Global Watch Summit against racism in sport in Johannesburg.
Global Watch was founded by businessman Tokyo Sexwale and has partnered with leading sports fraternities and teams to promote anti-racism and discrimination both on and off the playing field.
Mbeki says there's a need for a minimum code of conduct for sports people because what had been agreed on at the 2001 conference in Durban, has not yet been realised.
"However, I believe that if an audit was to be carried out to assess what the member states of United Nations and civil society had done to implement the agreed programme of action, it would show that by and large not much was done by all of these."
RACISM IN SPORT
At the same time, many from the sports fraternity has have fallen victims to racial abuse in recent years.
Former Liverpool forward, Luis Suarez, was charged with racially abusing Patrice Evra, who was then playing for Manchester United.
Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000.
The uproar saw the two refusing to shake hands in the subsequent match after the ban had been lifted and Suarez continued to deny the claims that he had abused Evra.
John Terry, former England international and current Chelsea captain, was also embroiled in a racial saga with the brother of Rio Ferdinand, Anton.
Terry was hit with a ban of four matches and fined £220,000.
In 2012, UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the Spanish Football Federation and the Russian Football Union for alleged racist behaviour and chanting by fans.
European soccer's governing body also fined the Croatian Football Federation €30,000 after supporters set off and threw fireworks and displayed "inappropriate and racist banners" during a match against Spain.
The issue of racism dominated the build-up to Euro 2012, which was co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine and was the biggest sporting event in Eastern Europe since the collapse of communism.