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Title:Sports Development: Obstacles and Solutions in South Africa
Author:Bogopa, David
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Development and Technology
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Sports, Recreation
Recreation areas
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/aa/article/view/23105/19852
Abstract:Focusing on both amateur and professional sport, the author considers the implementation of sports development programmes in South Africa before and after the 1994 elections. Factors which have contributed negatively to sports development include South Africa's isolation from international sports during the apartheid era, the unequal distribution of recreational facilities such as playing fields, poverty and the high membership fees charged by some sports clubs, racism and unequal representation of certain ethnic groups in several sports, sexism, nepotism, export of players, corruption, the issue of a national emblem for sports, and a ban on sponsorship by cigarette companies. The author concludes with solutions and strategies that can be implemented to uplift the standard of sports in postapartheid South Africa. In order to develop sports, South African sports persons should believe in local talent and promote it. Campaigns such as sports-against-crime, AIDS awareness through sport and education through sports should be encouraged. Companies should sponsor disadvantaged communities, and government must take the initiative to rid sports of racism. Bibliogr.