- Ken Borland
When South Africa’s swimmers go to compete at the Fina World Championships later this year, a number of them will have to dig into their own pockets to make up the shortfall in costs. Meanwhile, Sascoc is offering an all-expenses-paid business class trip to three lucky South African MPs. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Transformation, despite what many seem to fear, is not about taking sport X or Y “away from white people” and it’s certainly not crying over the loss of Kevin Pietersen or Grant Elliott. Transformation is crying over every Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada and Siya Kolisi we haven’t found. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Fikile Mbalula’s radical action to ban four of South Africa’s sporting federations from hosting or bidding for international events after failing to meet their targets might be a wake-up call, but unless holistic action is taken, it will remain nothing but a plaster over a gaping wound. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Rugby League, the 13-man jamboree which prides itself on speed and power and which is immensely popular in Australia, New Zealand and England, is struggling to find an identity in South Africa because of Sascoc’s refusal to accept the sport as something different to rugby union, the traditional 15-man code. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
On Tuesday, Oregan Hoskins hinted at the possibility of excluding overseas-based players from playing for the Boks. This comes barely a week after he had sat next to new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, who said that he would like to pick players who are based abroad. In the modern-day era of professional sport, it is staggering that we are even having this conversation. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The South African players have kicked against the idea of playing a day-night Test against Australia later this year. Having not had any experience playing under lights with the pink ball is one of the chief reasons for their reluctance, but what are some of the pros and cons of the radical reinvention of the traditional format? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Over the weekend, the first ever professional rugby league launched in America. While the league is still in its infancy, its owner is making all the right noises to lead you to believe that this has the potential to grow into something intriguing, not just for local talent in the US but for players across the world searching for career opportunities in sport. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
In the space of about four hours on Saturday, Caster Semenya sent a strong message to Olympics competitors. With a personal best time in the 400m and an impressive run in both the 800m and 1,500m, Semenya looks well on track for delivering her best performance yet at the Olympics later this year. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
When it comes to having a nuanced understanding of transformation, few coaches are as versed in the resolve as newly appointed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. But with the number of black players coming through the system remaining marginal, he faces an uphill struggle, just like his predecessors. By ANTIONETTE MULLER.
Leicester City could achieve the most remarkable thing in England’s top division since Brian Clough led Nottingham Forest to the title in 1978. Their story and the way they have played this season certainly is remarkable, but it’s difficult to think that they could have done this without the financial crutch of their billionaire owner. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Every day, elite athletes and coaches earn a living by pushing the boundaries of human potential. The dividing line between what was once considered impossible and what is now a prerequisite for success is constantly shifting. Michael Johnson, one of the best athletes that has ever lived, has created a high performance centre that is the world’s leading speed factory. It is here that athletes from all over the world improve their speed and where the limitations of athletic capabilities are being explored. By DANIEL GALLAN for CONQA SPORT.
It was the West Indies against the world – and the West Indies won hands down as they became World T20 champions for the second time. While their preparation for the tournament was marred by bitter contract disputes and insults from commentators, as always, they seem to be galvanised by adversity. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
British boxer Nick Blackwell’s injury over the weekend will have led some of the sport’s opponents to once more call for the sport to be banned. But the risk that comes with contact sport is one all professional sportsmen take. Why then are we seemingly more tolerant of severe injuries in other sports compared to boxing? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Since Fifa awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, media and civil society investigations have repeatedly reported on the abuses inflicted on migrant workers, going as far as calling it modern-day slavery. A new report from Amnesty International shows there have been some improvements for those working on Qatar’s stadiums, but in practice little has changed. By GREG NICOLSON.
When JP Duminy was selected for the World T20 squad, more than a few people questioned the selectors' choice. But after a woeful summer on South African soil, during the World T20 Duminy has already shown why he plays such a valuable role in the batting line-up. He will be sorely missed when South Africa take on the West Indies on Friday. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Fikile Mbalula was as defiant as ever on Thursday when answering questions about Fifa’s Request for Restitution surrounding that $10-million to the “African Diaspora Legacy Programme”. Mbalula might be throwing punches, but there are a number of questions surrounding the payment that remain unanswered and some circumstantial evidence that is deeply troubling. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Fifa are trying to paint themselves as victims in a deep-rooted corruption saga that stretches back many years. In the last two days, they have banned three former South African officials and said the 2010 ‘African Diaspora’ payment was indeed a bribe. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks three key points as the net starts to close in.
When asked in the 1980s whether they would take a drug that guaranteed them a gold medal but would kill them within five years, many said they would take the drugs. As the Maria Sharapova case continues to unravel, international sport is asking itself just how deep the rabbit hole goes, and how far athletes are willing to push the envelope. It seems doping will always be one step ahead of testing and sanctions. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.