Category: Sport

Death of a hero

During those long, difficult years in the fight against apartheid sport, Saait Magiet was a hero – to the cricket teams he played for, to the cricketers he played against, to the fans to whom he gave so much pleasure, and to the small band…

Why I am battling to take this World Cup seriously

Photo credit: EPA Let me start by saying that I love football. I have torn ligaments, sprained ankles, tripped opponents, and shot aimlessly like any other amateur. Let me continue by clarifying that there is something intoxicating about the World Cup spectacle, an event I…

The scandal of rugby’s own K-word

SOUTH African rugby’s own K-word has been thrown around freely, cruelly and arrogantly ever since the advent of political democracy was supposed to have ushered in a dawn of merit selection for all the country’s sports teams. The word is “kwota” (for it is among…

Semenya’s ecstacy and agony

TRIUMPH followed by derision and humiliation. Ecstasy followed by agony. This has been the story of Caster Semenya’s life ever since, as an 18 year old, she won the 800m in 1 minute 55.45 at the 2009 2009 IAAF world championships in Berlin, Germany. Semenya’s…

Score for freedom

IN THE year that we are celebrating the centenary of President Nelson Mandela, it is only appropriate that I start with a quote by Tata Madiba from a speech he delivered in 1997 at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Mandela said:…

Schools sport history in SA

Before the demise of the South African Senior Schools Sports Association (SASSSA) and South African Primary Schools Sports Association (SAPSSA), school sport was a vibrant activity on Cape Flats and beyond, especially during the months of February and March. Sport historians, such as Malcolm Maclean,…

Racist rugby still rankles

The often accepted dictum is that history is written from the perspective of the victor and not the vanquished. In South African history this is not necessarily the case and we find in today’s democratic dispensation many areas of its inglorious past are still being…