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Who says sport is for fun?

South Africa is offering international athletes what it thinks they want most: lots of money. A Sri Lankan cricket team has arrived in South Africa for a seven-week tour, in defiance of its government and the international ban on sporting contact with South Africa. The payment to rebel cricketeers is said to be $45,000 a person. Earlier this year South Africa lured a international soccer team to play here. The tour collapsed from lack of support by local black soccer players and black spectators, who favor isolating South Africa for its racial policies.

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The success of the new tour remains to be seen.