WNBA players are not the problem
The Australian women’s national basketball team is not the root of the problems that plague the sport, according to players, coaches and the Australian Basketball Federation.
Key points:The A-League is facing a backlash after announcing a boycott of the World Cup after players refused to wear white uniforms in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movementThe AFL, in a bid to placate the Black community, has decided to hold a special “Black Monday” during the World Cups tournament.AAP/ABC News But there is one problem with that.
The players, who are all Aboriginal and play on the same team, are not in favour of a boycott.
Instead, they want to see the AFL do more to support Aboriginal communities.
Players, coaches, the federation and its players are now meeting at a hotel in Melbourne to discuss what could be done to bring a more holistic approach to tackling racism and inequality in sport.
The discussion, led by former national team coach Tom Mitchell, was held at the invitation of the AFL Players’ Association (APPA).
The union has also put together a document to address the issue and will send it to the AFL for its approval.
“We think the AFL has a lot to learn,” Mitchell said.
“(The players) want to learn more about the Aboriginal community, they really do, and we think that’s important.”
The APPA says the document includes a call for more support to Aboriginal communities and also a call to change the way players are selected.
Mitchell said the AFL was taking a balanced approach to racism, but not to the detriment of other groups.
“We want to bring in as many Aboriginal players as possible into the AFL, and they want that to be an opportunity for them to have that opportunity,” Mitchell told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“It’s not just about a boycott, it’s not about being upset with the sport.”
Mitchell is also concerned about the state of the A-league and what he sees as its ongoing failures to make the game a safer environment for players.
Last year, the league was rocked when a female referee, who had been accused of being an “ape”, was removed from the game.
The controversy led to calls for the league to take a tougher stance against players who choose to wear the colours of their indigenous homeland.
The AFL is not alone in its efforts to address racism and racial inequality in Australian sport.
The NFL, which has had a boycott on the World Series for two years, recently introduced a “zero tolerance” policy on domestic violence.
But Mitchell said the ABLF and the AFL were both working together to address discrimination and racism in the game in a way that would not undermine the success of the game and its community.
“The ABLFs (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Football League) have a really strong record of being a good football league,” he said.
“And I think the best way to get there is to work with all of the clubs in the league, and try to do a little bit of everything.”
I think it’s good that the ABA (Australian Football League), the AFL and the NRL are working together, but I think it needs to be a little more holistic.
“The federation has set up a hotline number for any players, team officials, coaches or anyone else concerned about discrimination and oppression in sport to call 1300 093 020.