Martin Williams
3 minute read
11 Aug 2021
8:01 am

Why is there no money for medallists?

Martin Williams

Mthethwa’s portfolio includes arts and culture, dogged by the alleged disappearance of R300 million in Covid-19 relief funds intended to help struggling artists.

USA's Carissa Moore(C) Gold medalist, South Africa's Bianca Buitendag(L) Siver medalist and Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki celebrate on the podium at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, in Chiba, on July 27, 2021 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Olivier MORIN / various sources / AFP)

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa says our Olympic team does not reflect SA demographics, but President Cyril Ramaphosa announces an unrepresentative Cabinet reshuffle. Demographic representivity is used when convenient, hypocritically. And the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) is in a pickle over money to reward our two Olympic medallists, whose skin colour shouldn’t matter but has been highlighted on social media. Unquestionably, the National Party must be blamed for formal racial classification and discrimination. But that doesn’t make current racial obsessions more palatable. Politics is part of Olympic history. For example, the multiple triumphs of Jesse Owens at the...