Monday, November 12, 2007

South Africa Remove Racial Quotas

South Africa has dropped the racial quota system for coloured players. Making the announcement, the South African sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile admitted that the quotas actually did more harm than good and were useful "only for window dressing for international consumption". Instead of having reservations in international teams, Stofile emphasized that the focus would switch to helping black athletes at the grassroots level by investing £15m a year.

Perhaps there is a lesson in there for Indian politics. Sports is, after all, a mirror of society. Hope Messrs. Arjun Singh and co. are listening.


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