Tokyo Sexwale got a new FIFA role after he gave up on the recently concluded FIFA presidential race. This is a clear indication that he did not phase out completely after the election bid. He apparently still has a place within the organisation as the new boss of world football Gianni Infantino named him a jury member for a new award.
Sexwale is now one of the first four of 11 jury members named for the FIFA Diversity Award launched with the aim of recognizing an outstanding organisation, group initiative or personality that has contributed immensely and stood up for diversity and anti-discrimination in football.
In his statement, present FIFA president made it clear that the organisation will not tolerate any form of discrimination or misconduct. Necessary measures are underway to help punish offenders and avoid future occurrences of any bribe issue.
“The Fifa statutes are unequivocal – there is no place for any kind of discrimination in football. We have started to work with special match observers to help us punish breaches of conduct in the World Cup qualifiers. However, another important element of fighting discrimination is proactive work and educational initiatives that foster and celebrate diversity in all its forms,” said FIFA president Infantino in a statement.
He revealed the FIFA Diversity Award will pay tribute to those who are dedicated to that goal and, ultimately, to guaranteeing that football sticks to its core values of solidarity and fair play without any compromise.
On his part, Sexwale said that: “Racism and discrimination is a society problem. If we don’t stand up, if we allow racism to overpower sport, we will be doomed to existence in a hostile world.”
Other important international posts Sexwale holds are his service as the chairman of a body that seeks to mediate between Israel and Palestine and a sit on FIFA’s media committee.