Solidarity welcomes Cricket South Africa (CSA’s) rejection of quotas in sport as communicated by Mr Thabang Moroe CEO of Cricket South Africa when he announced that no quota targets would be set for the Proteas in the upcoming Cricket World Cup Tournament.
Although CSA has a policy that sets a quota of 55 for black players, Mr Moroe stated without qualification: “There are no targets … we want the best 15 players to be picked so that we can win the tournament”.
“The position taken by CSA is exactly what Solidarity stands for and is striving for – a depoliticised sports environment where team selection is based on merit,” Werner Human, Solidarity’s deputy chief operating officer said.
“A study by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) found that the overwhelming majority of South Africans across all races are strongly opposed to quotas in sport. Government and sports bodies are the only ones who want to drive quotas and politicise sport,” Human added.
Solidarity will continue to challenge quotas in sport by pursuing all available legal avenues and public support.