Credits: BRIAN THOMPSON/QMI AGENCY
VANCOUVER -- An Indo-Canadian soccer league in Surrey, BC, will review its cap on non-South Asian players in tournaments after a boys' under-13 team was recently barred from competing for having too many "import" players.
While anyone can participate in league play, tournaments require teams to have no more than four non-South Asians on their roster. The B.C. Tigers Sports Club was barred for having seven.
"We're not the only community that has these rules," said United Summer Soccer Association president Sim Sumra, adding that tournaments have always been sponsored by Sikh temples specifically to keep Indo-Canadian youths in sports and out of trouble.
But Sumra says he recognizes that society is changing, and the league's volunteer board will review its policies to ensure it's keeping up.
"This is one rule that we definitely have to take a look at... We have to transition and look at positive change on any rule," he said.