South Africa: South Africa to host major anti-racism summit

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe are among a group of leading personalities who will address a historic anti-racism summit organised by Global Watch in Johannesburg on Friday.

The event is being hosted by the Tokyo Sexwale and Nelson Mandela Foundations, in conjunction with the Doha GOALS Forum.

Among the top icons expected to grace the occasion - whose goal is to wipe out racism in sport across the globe are - former Liverpool striker John Barnes, rugby celebrity Francois Pienaar and FIFA vice-president Jacques Anouma.

The issue of racism in sport has had a major impact in South Africa over the decades.

The boycotting of South Africa by international teams during the Apartheid era had a major impact on the country.

After the re-acceptance of South Africa's sports teams by the international community, sport played a major unifying role between the country's races.

This was particularly evident when world statesman Nelson Mandela openly supported the previously white-dominated rugby fraternity when South Africa hosted and won the the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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20 Novembro 2014 09:08:55




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