The ANC of today is not interested in mere demographic representivity, but rather in fashioning the aspirations of private citizens in its own image “THE moral position is absolutely clear. Human beings should not be willing partners in perpetuating a system of racial discrimination. Sportsmen have a special duty in this regard in that they should be first to insist that merit, and merit alone, be the criterion for selecting teams for representative sport. Indeed, nondiscrimination is such an essential part of true sportsmanship that many clubs and international bodies have expressed provisions to this effect. For example, the first fundamental principle of the Olympic Charter states: no discrimination is allowed against country or person on the grounds of race, religion or political affiliation.”You might balk at the suggestion that idealistic sentiment belongs to the African National Congress (ANC), given the dogged attitude it has demonstrated with regard to quotas in sport, but ...

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