Monday, April 30, 2007

2010 World Cup: South Africa, USA or England?


I'm back from my vacation and read some disheartening news upon arrival. Maybe I won't be going to South Africa after all. Should I book my tickets for England, Spain or stay here at home in New York?

There goes the premise of the blog ... '2010 World Cup: The Bronx' doesn't have the same ring to it.

Seems that FIFA president Sepp Blatter (left, waving at South Africa as he gives the World Cup tournament to England) has let the world know that if South Africa isn't prepared to host the 2010 World Cup, contingency plans are in place.

"Definitely we have a possibility to go somewhere else if something happens," said Blatter while eating some endangered animal meat.

"It was the same case in Germany. Something can happen. A natural catastrophe or whatever, a big change in society - everybody against football.

"But then for the time being the plan B is South Africa and the plan C we definitely must have a possibility to go somewhere else, but it must be a natural catastrophe."

I don't know about you but I wish Mr. Blatter would be quiet.

I understand that everyone needs contingencies, back-up plans, an extra tire in the trunk of the car. You never know what's going to happen and you better be prepared.

But do we have to talk about it so much?

The 2010 World Cup is a huge source of pride for not only South Africa but the entire continent. As mentioned in a previous post, South Africa is feverishly working on many projects, trying to get the massive job of staging this tournament correct.

Blatter's comments can't do much for morale and spirit. The people are working, the stadiums are going up, the infrastructure will be built. Give them something positive to go on, not words of condemnation.

As reader Shyam Sundar says: 'Heard that FIFA is evaluating alternative options in case South Africa is not prepared for 2010 World Cup. I think that would be really tragic if and when FIFA decided to name another country.

I hope for the sake of the beautiful game and for the African continent the World Cup is held in South Africa.

It would unearth more talent, improve infrastructure and more importantly give hope to the millions of impoverished people in Africa that the world, for once, is revolving around them for all the right reasons.'

I couldn't agree more.

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