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NZ Sports Minister supports crusade name change talk

People suspected of white supremacists gathered at a Friday prayer meeting and people were shot in a mosque.

Foster can be seen on March 19, 2019, in a place to commemorate the victims of a mosque attack in Christchurch. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged not to reveal the names of twin mosque gunmen. "Salamam alaikum as" reminds Muslims of the message of peace. Picture: AFP.

New Zealand's sports minister welcomed the debate over the potential renaming of the Super Rugby Canterbury Crusaders by shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, where 50 people were killed last week.

Those suspected of being white supremacists were furious at Tuesday's gathering of people gathered for Friday prayers at the mosque and the victims' families were asked to die.

The most successful team of nine super rugby titles, Cruusaders, adopted the name 23 years ago when rugby was professional, but the mosque attack raised questions about the medieval religious war between Christians and Muslims.

The transsexist initially said that the name had no religious significance and that "the spirit was reflected in the crusade movement," but the chief executive of the team, Colin Mansbridge, said it was open to changing it.

Sports minister Grant Robertson said Tuesday that such a discussion is appropriate.

"I know about the conversations they have now, especially in the Muslim community of Christchurch," he said. "I think it's appropriate. Obviously this is a big issue in Canterbury.

"The crusade is a well-established name and brand, but now I think it is the responsible act to perform that conversation."

Robertson said the team will not comment until the team has finished talking to the community and talking to officials.

The team's decision to discuss the matter was also welcomed by the local Christchurch newspaper. Press.

Tony Smith, a sports journalist, said, "What could have been accepted by the public in the mid-1990s is not at present, given the diversity of New Zealand's demographics." "No one can deny that the murder of a mosque has changed socio-political landscape forever.

"It is not a reaction to kneeling, but a controversy." The Muslim community's view should be given top priority.

"We take the time to find the right path, but the first step is to ask politely what Muslim citizens think.

"The team is the same."

The Otago Highlands continued to resonate in the rugby circle, hoping that Shooting would suffer massive financial losses on Saturday due to their cancellation of the game against the Crusaders.

Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark said he expects 20,000 crowds to come in and says he has not made an insurance plan for the cancellation but has made the right decision.

"The way we went out for all of us on Saturday was never seen before," Clark told Ottawa Daily Times on Tuesday.

"We had a lot of people who had to go out and talk to a lot of stakeholders, including young men who had to play games.

"In the end, it was the right decision we all agreed to."

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