Image copyright AFP Image caption Sixteen year-old Joshua Steinhoff says he was told to “shut up” by his parents after asking why South Africa “are not standing for the national anthem”
South Africa cricketer Quinton de Kock has declined to kneel at the T20 World Cup, despite a call to “stand against racism”.
The home side will contest the tournament in England this summer, and will take part in matches in which the national anthem will be sung.
The Proteas have been criticised for not standing during the Anthem when performing other sports.
The International Cricket Council previously banned play for ten minutes at a 2007 Champions Trophy match when the Anthem was being played.
A powerful petition online now demands that batsmen at all tournaments take a knee at the Anthem when it is being played.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Joshua Steinhoff’s father says his son was told to stand with his back to the audience at a rugby match
On Wednesday, South Africa’s captain de Kock expressed support for the gesture, with the game’s governing body, the ICC, as well as board member member and former Test captain Allan Donald “commending” it.
But the international sporting body’s brother organisation SportAlert has criticised the call, saying that it breaches the spirit of sport.
In a statement it said: “SportAlert is totally opposed to any policy which calls for any form of protest in sport and believes that sport is not a platform for advocacy.”
Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa cricket will take part in a tournament in which the national anthem will be sung
The younger Steinhoff family said Quinton de Kock declined to kneel, and that another South African player heard the message and the team stayed with their feet up.
“Sixteen year-old Joshua was told to ‘shut up’ by his parents at a rugby match in a stadium in which South Africa was playing a Test match,” they told the South African Argus.
“Everywhere I looked there were African players in the stands wearing their national colours and led by their African manager, Steyn, who chanted Black Power at the crowd and the match officials as players from South Africa passed by.”
At the time of writing, it is not clear whether the Pretoria court heard the arguments made by the Steinhoff family on Wednesday.
When the controversy first emerged, when South Africa lost to England at the Boxing Day Test last year, the Proteas did not take a knee at the Anthem.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Mate: South Africa cricket will play during an international tournament in which the national anthem will be sung
On the field, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton Perera refused to follow orders to stand for the Anthem.
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