STATEMENT: South Africa launch appeal to fly flag at Rugby World Cup - Ruck

STATEMENT: South Africa launch appeal to fly flag at Rugby World Cup

Zizi Kodwa, South Africa’s Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, announced their directive for the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport to initiate an appeal against a ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

This ruling had found South African legislation to be in violation of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code.

There were serious worried that the Springboks would find themselves without the South African flag during their knockout matches due to non-compliance with anti-doping regulations, a situation that has left Alexander seething with anger.

Minister Kodwa told a media briefing on Tuesday: “I have also instructed SAIDS to file a notice to challenge WADA’s non-compliance declaration against South Africa through the Court of Arbitration in Sport,

“I believe the grounds for appeal are strong and that the sanctions are not appropriate.

“The sanction as it pertains to the flying of the national flag has created unnecessary hysteria and punished athletes and players unfairly who are competing for the pride of South Africa.”

The minister added: “The filing of the appeal will stave off the consequences of the non-compliance as it applies to the flying of the South African flag at regional, continental and world championships and events, organised by major event organisations,

“This means that the flying of the South African flag at events such as the cricket and rugby World Cups will not be affected until CAS rules on this challenge.”


Sir Clive Woodward predicts all four World Cup quarter-finals

Sir Clive Woodward, the renowned coach of the England rugby team, shares his predictions for all four upcoming matches on Mail Online.

Wales v Argentina

Woodward said: “Warren Gatland has done an amazing job to take Wales from where they were in the Six Nations to the quarter-finals. To top a pool at any World Cup is an impressive feat and Wales have done it with 19 points from a possible 20.”

He added: “he Pumas hadn’t been at their best in France and although they were much more like themselves against Japan yesterday, Wales won’t be afraid.”

Prediction: Wales win

Warren Gatland, Head Coach of Wales is interviewed during the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Media Launch at County Hall, Lambeth, London on Monday 23rd January 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.