South African legendary allrounder, Jacques Kallis has stated that he feels ‘embarrassed’ now to call himself a South African. The statement from Kallis came after four country’s sports federations are slapped with a ban by the sports minister on hosting significant sports event in the country.
South African sports minister, Fikile Mbalula imposed sanction on national rugby, athletic, netball and cricket federations after they failed to meet the transformation guidelines that they signed in an MOU with the sports ministry.
Jacques Kallis, similar to many sports stars these days, headed towards Twitter to express himself. Kallis was disappointed over mixing politics with sports.
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) April 25, 2016
Dale Steyn didn’t utter a word on this ban, however, he just retweeted a link to the story. On the other hand, Pat Symcox looked surprised on how golf and swimming avoided the ban.
The details of MOU have not made public, there were different targets for all the federations, but, a single common clause was to increase colored players’ representation to 60%, while CSA has 55% representation. Ministry also wants to increase the number of black Africans in cricket, which is just 9% at the moment.
South Africa is not scheduled to host a major ICC event till 2023, however, the 2020 U-19 World Cup is to take place in South Africa.