SA sports 'backsliding'

2011-11-21 11:13

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Monday bemoaned the poor performance by the country's national soccer and Olympics teams, saying progress had ground to a halt.

This indicated that sports development had not always been up to scratch, Motlanthe told delegates at a two-day sports and recreation indaba at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand.

"For instance, much to the amazement of many, we won the Confederations of African Football in 1996, only to start backsliding from then on 'til we failed to qualify for any international competition," he said.

"The same seems to hold true for the Olympics. Overall, our athletes have been successively going poorly at continental competitions and Olympic level."

Motlanthe highlighted some of problems in the county's sports, like the lingering lack of transformation in some sporting codes, both on the field and at the level of administration and management.

He said steps needed to be taken to address these problems and achieve transformation, unity and development goals.

The same problems had been pointed out at an indaba in 2008 when delegates highlighted the slow pace of change in sport.
Motlanthe said he hoped Monday's indaba would bring about desirable outcomes.

It aimed to examine the issue of transformation and whether the legislative framework allowed room for accountability and autonomy.

The conference would look at possibly including sports and recreation in the government's new growth path and government priorities.


  • Michael - 2011-11-21 11:56

    The whole country is backsliding. Hadn't you noticed?

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-21 12:41

      Backsliding on the gravy.......!

      Sean - 2011-11-21 13:54

      @ Kgalema Motlanthe ! It doesn`t take a genius to see why ! The further away this corrupt government stays away from sport , the better !

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-22 07:30

      It's because the country is obsessed with blaming others for their problems. South Africa cannot accept responsibility to fix their own problems, there is always someone to blame. Whenever something bad happens South Africa responds to it with the blame game, I never hear them say, what can we do to get better or improve, it’s always someone else that’s the problem.

  • BJ - 2011-11-21 12:00

    SA is a small, poor country, there is no reason they should be excelling at any of the global sports.

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-11-21 13:55

      New Zealand just won the World Cup and they are about a tenth of our size. You don't have a point

      jon.allcock - 2011-11-22 04:35

      NZ has only 4 million people and have a rugby World Cup, and are leaders in rowing, neetball, tri-athlon and many other sports they take on. If you compare the 28 million in Australia and see how good they are in so many sports, it is time to stop making excuses for being second rate and deal with a method that will make SA proud again!

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-22 07:19

      28 million in Aus? You mean 22 million

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-21 12:16

    may be they need more black players in the soccer teams

      sifisobee - 2011-11-21 19:39

      You can't just say anything without race? there are already more black players in the SA soccer team, what is your point? SA whites are so negative, they make me sick

      dylanswanie - 2011-11-22 05:57

      @ Sif you make me sick. It was a joke lighten up..

      lentswe.mosweunyane - 2011-11-22 11:29

      then its a stupid joke

      Andrew - 2011-11-23 11:00

      It's only a stupid joke to you because you don't get. Do you need a "SARCASM SIGN"?

  • Tc - 2011-11-21 12:22

    It is the symptom of this NEW SA - if you cannot steal or plunder something thel let it slide. No culture of hard work gets rewarded! He-He - I enjoy it!

  • Freddie - 2011-11-21 12:28

    How can a lack of transformation be to blame for Bafoona's woes?? More like too much transformation is the problem!! The team is 100% black now, how much more transformation do you want?

      Grant - 2011-11-21 13:31

      Yep - the "lingering lack of transformation in some sports" are the only areas where progress is being made. Can this guy be any dumber???

  • Jeff - 2011-11-21 12:44

    The demise of not only sport but the whole country is imminent.

  • Brian - 2011-11-21 12:58

    Their is no backsliding in individual sports, because it is not possible for the politicians to "transform" an individual. If transform meant "changing to make better" as it should, we would have had a different situation. But since transform in the SA context only means "to make black in order to harvest", sport will just backslide into extinction.

  • Amanda - 2011-11-21 13:04

    Yeah - it's definitely because there's no transformation. I mean, the soccer team is all white and they're still losing! If all else fails, blame the whites somehow, even though the ANC have been sticking their noses into the sport teams for the past 17 years trying to 'transform' them. Couldn't possibly be their fault could it?

  • SirFGrumpy - 2011-11-21 13:14

    Pick the best sportsmen in their field and we will start developing a winning culture. Pigment is not a selection criteria!

  • Matthew - 2011-11-21 13:19

    the national soccer side is fully transformed so you cant blame a lack of transformation for that

  • Jody - 2011-11-21 13:26

    Finally people are realising the demise of our country. Please do not stop your opinions as we must guard against mediocre performance and poor administration. Soccer is corrupt, which is a pity as we do want to support our team, but with such dismall results who wants to??????.Why do we not call our teams SPRINGBOKS, i bet u we will see pride return. This name represents everyone, ask any sportsperson what he or she would like to be called .You could find that the SPRINGBOK will inspire all sports.

  • Sheik - 2011-11-21 14:10

    ................because players of chosen on colour and not talent. With training they could have both, but presently the ANC just wants everything black.

  • Bill - 2011-11-21 14:24

    Surely this is further proof that government artifically interfering with sports doesn't work. It's not the lack of transformation that's causing problems, it's forced transformation, especially where administrators without the skills or experience are being appointed, based purely on their skin colour.

  • Wilbur - 2011-11-21 16:12

    Kgalema Motlanthe believes that our sports teams are backsliding due to lack of transformation. Sir, lack of transformation is not the answer. Lack of competence and lack of cohesion is to blame. Add to that the corruption in sports administration, and you have your answer. We further fail due to political appointments based on skin colour rather than meritorious skill within the favoured pigment. We came from a racist past; we continue due to racist stupidity; when do we stop blaming colour?

  • alfie.cable - 2011-11-21 18:34

    Lack of transformation in our soccer team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-21 22:19

    KM the point is you can transform UP or you can transform DOWN. Pick one and stick with the result. Whingeing wont change the trajectory of a snotball.

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