Cape Town - The FNB Varsity Cup presented by
Steinhoff International Board has taken a decision to postpone all fixtures for
Monday, February 29 to allow universities across the country the opportunity to
address various challenges faced at their respective campuses.
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“We do not condone any form of violence,
discrimination or disruptive behaviour. The safety of students, players and spectators is
of immense priority to us. The current challenges facing universities and
students are a concern. We have compassion and respect for the situation and hope
that amicable solutions can be reached with all parties,” said
Varsity Cup CEO, Duitser Bosman.
“Varsity Cup is South Africa’s
premier inter-varsity rugby competition and over its nine year history
entertained and brought together students, spectators and aspiring rugby stars
from all communities. Our aim has always been to celebrate South Africa and we
will continue to do so,” he added.
The Board will meet again next
week to reassess and monitor the developments at the various universities
before any matches resume.
“The well-being and safety of all
attending and participating in our events is of utmost importance. We pride
ourselves in providing a competition that also actively campaigns against
violence through our Pink Shorts campaign and community outreaches by all
participating teams. Varsity Cup has been a driving force for good in South
Africa over the years,” concludes Bosman.
The four league fixtures to be postponed are UCT v Tuks, CUT v NMMU, UJ v Maties and Pukke v Shimlas.