A sports team in Sweden has defied the laws on racial discrimination and set up an all-black team to play the game of "bandy", a type of ice-hockey. The team members all come from Somalia and are training with a professional coach in Borlange, Sweden. They intend to enter in the World Championship to be held later this month at Irkutsk in Siberia, where most of the champion teams are from Sweden, Russia or Finland.
The team was founded by Ahmed Hussein Abdi, and all the members are refugees from the Somalian war. They say that they represent Somalia although all of them are living in Sweden. If any old-established Swede said that the newcomers were not Swedish for the purpose of employment, housing, education, healthcare or claiming benefits, they would be branded "racist". Most of us in England remember the long-drawn-out campaign against apartheid in South African sport. Their cricket and rugby teams were excluded and boycotted until they abandoned apartheid.
But now it seems to be OK to practice apartheid if you are a Somalian living in Sweden. It must be fine because the BBC said so.
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