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Pitch Battles By Peter Hain

Pitch Battles by Peter Hain

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#BlackLivesMatter protests and campaigns for gender equality highlight how systemic racism and inequality have for so long been inextricably intertwined with sport. No more so than the 'Stop the Seventy Tour' campaign led by Peter Hain which forced the unprecedented cancellation of the whites-only South African cricket tour of England in 1970.

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Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance by Peter Hain

"There will be a black Springbok over my dead body."
- Dr Danie Craven, President of the South African Rugby Board, 1969

Just a year after the controversial D'Oliveira affair, the organised disruption of the all-white 1969/70 South African rugby and cricket tours to Britain represented a significant challenge to apartheid politics. Led by future cabinet minister Peter Hain, the 'Stop the Seventy Tour' campaign brought about the cancellation of both tours, presaging white South Africa's expulsion from the Olympics and the end of apartheid sport altogether.

With his brand of attention-grabbing, direct action sports protest, the 19-year-old Hain emerged as a hero to some and enemy to others. Now, reflecting on these experiences with fifty years of hindsight, Lord Hain, together with South Africa's foremost sports historian and fellow anti-apartheid activist Andre Odendaal, shows how decades of relentless international and domestic campaigning for equality led to a Springbok team captained by black athlete Siya Kolisi winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Interspersing a wide range of examples with personal testimony, Pitch Battles explores the themes of sport, globalisation and resistance from the deep past to the present day. Published in the same year as the Stop The Tour documentary from acclaimed director Louis Myles, this compelling story of sacrifice, struggle and triumph reveals how sport should never be divorced from politics or society's values.

Pitch Battles Reviews

A brilliant study of how sports played a crucial role in ending apartheid -- Mihir Bose
The sports struggle was crucial in defeating apartheid
-- Mavuso Msimang
Stopping the 1970 cricket tour confronted white South Africa with the necessity to end racism in cricket. -- Mike Brearley

About Peter Hain

Peter Hain spent his childhood in South Africa. After his anti-apartheid parents were jailed, banned and forced into exile in Britain, he led campaigns to stop all-white Springbok and other all-white sports tours, later becoming a Labour MP and Cabinet Minister, then a member of the House of Lords and author of over twenty books.

Andre Odendaal is Honorary Professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. A former first-class cricketer and anti-apartheid activist, he is author or co-author of a dozen books on the social history of sport and the history of the liberation struggle in South Africa.

Table of Contents

1. 'Hain Stopped Play' 2. Empire and the British roots of sports apartheid 3. A matter of life and death: Sport and rebellion 4. SANROC in exile: Intensifying the sports boycott 5. SACOS and the revival of the sports struggle inside South Africa 6. Preparing to govern: Struggle, disjuncture and new strategies for sport in South Africa 7. Sport and nation-building: The final push for national liberation and democracy, 1989-96 8. Making sense of sport and globalisation today Epilogue

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Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance by Peter Hain
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