Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has called on the South African Rugby Union to release funds for a deaf rugby tournament later this year.
The South African Deaf Rugby Union, which is a formal affiliate of SARU, needs R575 000 to host defending world champions, Wales, for a two-game tour, in August this year.
The DA has called on SARU president Oregon Hoskins to work with the SA Deaf Rugby Union to provide the required funding so that the tournament can go ahead.
“SARU’s recently released transformation plan commits to ensuring rugby is accessible to all who wish to participate, including women, disabled persons and people in rural areas. By providing the required funding SARU will demonstrate their serious commitment to this plan,” the DA said via media statement.
“It is important that people with disabilities be given the opportunity to participate in sport. If SARU is serious about its transformation plan which details expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the sport, it will work with the Deaf Rugby Union to host the Welsh team,” the DA continued.
South Africa was one of five countries to establish the International Deaf Rugby Organisation in 1998. Since then backing for the sport has been harder to come by.
Currently the team does not have an official national strip and the union has struggled to find sponsorship for basic costs such as petrol to transport the players to games and insurance for on-the-field injuries.