By Quanita Diaz – 9 April 2015
The world and sporting fraternities took a stand against Apartheid South Africa which lead to a sports ban. 1970 was a bad year for South Africa, depending on which side of the fence you sat, when several motions of exclusion went against the Apartheid Regime. In that year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally expelled South Africa when it became evident the country was against racial integration; a motion to suspend South Africa from IAAF was passed; and the International Cricket Conference (ICC) placed a moratorium on tours which stemmed from South Africa’s reaction to Basil D’Oliveira’s, ‘a cape coloured’, inclusion to the England National Cricket Team. These are but few examples of the sports boycott and its effectiveness to isolate an entity or system. The majority of South Africans suffered from segregation laws and opted that the country in which they reside be isolated from the rest of the world to bring about change rather than the continual status quo. The sports isolation was but one means utilised to end Apartheid which was achieved.
The City of Cape Town is the co-host city of the 2015 IIHF World Championship Division II from the 13th to 19th April 2015 at the Grandwest Ice Station. The tournament’s opening match is Monday 13th April 2015 at 13:00 between New Zealand and Israel.
Palestine is suffering a worse Apartheid than South Africa endured. Does it stand to reason that this country should be at the forefront of the fight against this oppressive system, Apartheid?
Should South Africa implement a sports boycott against Israel?