London - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has defended the racial make-up of the SA Olympic team after suggestions that it was too white.

Malema was asked about the team during an interview with British Sky News on Tuesday.

The Sky News interviewer said: “It did strike me that there weren't many black faces in the group for a black majority country.”

Malema said the team members were chosen because they were qualified.

“We think that we're a non-racial country and all South Africans who have qualified to make Team SA should carry the flag proudly, and we support them,” he said.

“It's not (any) more about the issue of colour.”

Malema said there was still a problem with poor communities not having access to sport. Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula was working to resolve this.

“It's quite a serious challenge, but we're still very proud of our Team SA,” Malema said. - Sapa