Mbalula delivers a blow to SA's biggest sporting associations

A fiery Mbalula delivered a major blow to Athletics South Africa, SA Rugby, Cricket SA & Netball SA today.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has revoked the privilege of four of South Africa's biggest sporting associations to host future events because of their failure to reach their agreed upon transformation numbers.

Earlier today, the minister was handed the eminent persons group report on transformation.

A fiery Mbalula delivered a major blow to Athletics South Africa, SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Netball SA today, announcing that their rights to host upcoming international tournaments would be withdrawn after failing to reach their transformation targets.

According to Mbalula, they may not host and bid for major international tournaments or events in South Africa as a consequence of that failure.

He went on to say that he will review this decision when his department considers the results of the 2016/2017 transformation barometer while also outlying a host of other punitive measures his department can mete out should that failure continue.

This decision would seemingly place in jeopardy, for now, the likes of SA Rugby bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

To read Mbalula's full report On Sport Transformation, click here.