Embarrassed to call myself a South African - Jacques Kallis

Embarrassed to call myself a South African - Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis believes politics should not be mixed with sports.
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Former Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis stated that he was embarrassed to call himself as a South African after the sports ministry banned Cricket South Africa (CSA) from hosting major tournaments.

The sports ministry’s decision to ban CSA from hosting major tournaments was due to their failure to meet the transformation targets to increase the participation of black African sportspersons.

Similar sanctions were handed out to the rugby, athletics and netball federations by the South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who will review the decision in 2017.

To express his disappointment at the news, Kallis took to twitter and stressed on the importance of keeping politics away from sports.

“So sad that I find myself embarrassed to call myself a South African so often these days, no place for politics in sport,” tweeted Kallis.

CSA communications manager, Altaaf Kazi said that the board will first review the reports of the sports ministry and understand where they failed to meet the transformation targets before giving any comment.

“We need to review the contents of the report and understand where Transformation Targets were not met before making any further comments,” Kazi told Sport24.

Currently South Africa is not slated to host any major events of the International Cricket Council in the ongoing Future Tours Program (FTP) which has been drawn up till the year 2019.

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