How did sports heal South Africa? (Part 1)

In order to bring the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, there was a real war in FIFA. Because at the time of the 2004 vote, many skeptics of South Africa could successfully organize the biggest football festival on the planet.

But before talking about the 2010 World Cup or Apartheid’s racist regime, to mention Rugby, sports has contributed to heal the people of this richest African country.

A year before the 2010 World Cup, director Eastwood produced the movie “Invictus”, describing the victory of the South African team at the Rugby World Cup 1995, with the role of President Nelson Mandela. The language is an unscathed sports movie but “Invictus” has a total budget of 62 million USD. The film about the Rugby World Cup in 1995 but discusses the struggle against racism that has remained since the post-Apartheid era. Movie “Invictus” about Rugby, but actually, the story is about football. That’s right, because one year after “Invictus” premiered, the 2010 World Cup kicked off in South Africa.

In April 1963, the South African government closed all stadiums. People of color have an excuse to carry out protests for fairness but all methods are ineffective. In response to the public’s request, in 1976, the South African government organized a terrible football match: the white team played against the colored team. In 1976 and 1977, there were three political “smells” like this that took place in the Rand Stadium with the victory of the white team. In order to appease the reaction of the public and the international community, on March 16, 1976, South Africa invited the Argentine team to join friendly football. For the first time, there was a South African football team with a mix of colored, white leather. However, on the Rand stadium stands, with a capacity of more than 3 ten thousand spectators, white and colored fans still have to sit in the different lots.