n Journal for Contemporary History - Rescinding the moratorium on South African sport : could SACOS prevent it?




When the moratorium on South African sport was rescinded it was not a decision that was welcomed by all within the South African sporting fraternity. The South African Council on Sport (SACOS) was the one sporting organisation that was bitterly opposed to the decision. In fact, SACOS withdrew from the unity process and appealed to the international community to reimpose the moratorium. It felt that the prerequisites for readmission into international sport, i.e. principled unity of the various sports codes and the implementation of development programmes, had not been met. If this was the case, why was the moratorium rescinded? This article explains why and how the moratorium was revoked and also why SACOS was unable to stop it. As it was the only sports organisation in South Africa to oppose it, this discussion will be on SACOS. There were numerous factors that influenced the decision to revoke the international moratorium, which in turn tendered SACOS incapable of preventing it. However, before these factors can be discussed, the position of SACOS within South African sport requires some clarification.


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