Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
19 Nov 2020
5:00 am

Racist anti-Diwali tirade leads to claims of widespread racism in horse racing

Sipho Mabena

Racing industry roleplayers have distanced themselves from Frank Robinson's alleged racist comments, but there are now calls for a boycott of racing in KZN, amid allegations of a lack of transformation in the sport.


The horseracing world has been rocked by claims of racism after a KwaZulu-Natal horse trainer, seemingly upset by Diwali fireworks, allegedly referred to Indians as "a piece of sh*t race" and "stupid and childish" on social media. The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) has confirmed that an inquiry into the alleged racist comments by trainer Frank Robinson is under way. Following “careful consideration” of the post and the “prima facie evidence”, the regulatory, licensing and governing body also slapped Robinson with an interim suspension pending the outcome of the inquiry. The suspension prevents Robinson from entering or declaring horses under his...