New Zealand football revealed that they cold drop the all whites nickname for their national team to improve the cultural diversity. the team was given the name after they successfully qualified for the 1982 World Cup finals. The national body is in consultation with stakeholders about a possible change. The fear that the name cold promotes racial undertones has been the reason claimed.
“As with many other national bodies, New Zealand Football is on a journey around cultural inclusivity and respecting the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” said NZF chief executive Andrew Pragnell about New Zealand football changing their ‘All Whites’ nickname. “As part of our Delivery and Sustainability Project announced last year, we are in the process of working with stakeholders across the game, as well as people from outside football, looking at all areas of the organization to make sure they are fit for purpose in 2021 and beyond.”
“It is too early in the process to speak about any outcomes but this is an important piece of work as we strive to be the most inclusive sport in Aotearoa,” he added. ”New Zealand’s rugby union team, which plays in a black strip, is called the All Blacks. Kiwi Super Rugby side Canterbury Crusaders changed their logo in 2019 from a knight brandishing a sword to a Maori motif in response to questions over whether references to wars between Muslims and Christians were appropriate.”
In America, two football teams that previously had been nicknamed labelled offensive to the native Americans had changed.
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