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Lobby groups: Sport should be cultivated from grassroots level

The groups are launching a comprehensive legal challenge against the quota system in local sport.

Picture: Sxc.hu.

PRETORIA - Lobby groups AfriForum and trade union Solidarity say representativity in sport should be cultivated from grassroots level and not artificially created in national teams through quotas.

The groups announced in Centurion, Pretoria, yesterday that they are launching a comprehensive local and international legal challenge to the quota system in local sport.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced last month that several sporting codes, including rugby and athletics, would be prohibited from hosting international events for their failure to meet transformation targets.

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says if Mbalula wants representativity at national level, he should get government to fix the schooling system.

"You are not going to expose children to sport if you have a dysfunctional education system. So there's no effective academic programme and there's not even a hint of any sport in those schools."

AfriForum and Solidarity say they'll use provision in the Employment Equity Act to have quota agreements in the various sport charters declared unlawful.

While Mbalula's office said it would respond to this development, it had not by yesterday evening.