St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 13 - The Advent of SACOS
On March 17, 1973, nine non-racial sports associations established the South African Council on Sport (SACOS) in Durban. The new body resolved:
1) To work for international recognition.
2) To resolve inadequate facilities and sponsorhip faced by non-racial sports organisations.
3) To urge private sectors to remedy the disparate system of sports sponsorship.
4) To stop the humiliating practice of applying for permits to play sport.
It’s greatest achievement was obtained on the international level when white sporting organisations and their black allies were alienated from the international arena. It’s first success was to stop Eusebo, the Portuguese international soccer star from visiting South Africa. The Double Standards Resolution, although controversial, provided direction for non-racial sport during the struggle against apartheid. The SACOS battle cry “No normal sport in an abnormal society,” inspired determination, resoluteness and defiancy.