Sports minister boycotts Israel tennis match


SA Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi boycotted the Davis Cup tie between South Africa and Israel due to South Africa’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The match took place between 2 and 3 February at the Irene Country Club in Centurion. The Davis Cup is a tournament between men’s national tennis teams.

This was after pressure from various civil organisations such as the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, SA Jews for a Free Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) and the National Coalition for Palestine South Africa (NC4P) to boycott the event. In a letter to the above mentioned organizations, Nxesi cited the Human Sciences Research Council who described the treatment of Israel towards Palestine as apartheid behaviour.


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FNB Varsity Cup introduces Power Play


On 5 December, Varsity Cup announced the introduction of the Power Play rule to 2018’s FNB Varsity Cup tournament which will aid coaches and team players to think strategically and skilfully about the rugby game ahead of them.

The Power Play rule should help coaches in developing new and creative attacking methods for players on the field stemming better results for the rugby teams. Sport24 says the new rule will “encourage coaches to employ exciting, attacking tactics while fostering a generation of dynamic and adjustable rugby players.” The publication adds that it will also help the players to become more effective with their tactics in the game. Furthermore, players will learn a new defence method where fewer teammates are required to defend in the game resulting in more players being able to utilise their attacking tactics.


A leap into the future with eSports


Digital athletes have been around for some time, their popularity has risen because of the continuous technological enhancements. E-sports involve competitive tournaments of video games, especially among professional gamers, they have been improved over the years due to the increase of participants from all over the world.

The main difference between eSports and traditional sports, is that e-sports are played in the virtual world whereas the traditional sports require physical movement. One of the first video games competition was held in 1980 by Atari. This competition attracted thousands of participants which slowly led to the rise of e-sports. In 1990, Blockbuster and Nintendo started sponsoring most of the competitions, and later in that year, PC gaming was introduced. In addition, arcade and console tournaments also became popular. Platforms to compete and the video games kept advancing, which then led to the launching of the World Cyber Games and the Electric Sports World Cup in 2000. Today we have improved video games which include FIFA 18 and the upcoming EA Sports UFC 3.


FNB Varsity Cup cuts ties with Steinhoff International


Only a short while after announcing their decision to withdraw as sponsors from South Africa’s national rugby 7’s team, the Blitzboks, Steinhoff International cut ties with FNB Varsity Cup. This was confirmed in a statement released by FNB Varsity Cup on 10 January. Steinoff International was a second tier sponsor for the FNB Varsity Cup annual inter-varsity rugby tournament.

The ending of the partnership between Steinhoff International and FNB Varsity Cup was a result of the financial crash of the stock price in the retail company. Times Live reports that in December 2017, Steinhoff International reported “accounting irregularities”, resulting in its market value falling by approximately 85% or the equivalent of R187 billion. SA Rugby Mag adds that the revelation of the company’s financial woes resulted in their stock price rapidly descending by 61%.


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