Keep your eyes on 2010, says Jordaan

Monday, June 29, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Johannesburg - Celebrations following the successful hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa should now be replaced by hard work and preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This was the view from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Officer, Danny Jordaan during a briefing with international journalists on Monday.

"The Confederations Cup was a first and admittedly a very small step towards preparations to deliver the world cup.

"For us this tournament was a test and we are still celebrating. But I also think the celebrations should stop now and the real work begins to make sure we host a successful world cup," Dr Jordaan said.

He said the amazing thing for the LOC was the ability of the tournament to attract the most diverse audience than any other sporting event in South Africa.

"For us it was the warm cheers from these fans at the closing ceremony that actually brought back a smile on our face," said Dr Jordaan.

Meanwhile, the LOC is engaging in talks with various African leaders in an attempt to see how their countries can benefit from next year's big soccer showpiece.

Dr Jordaan said meetings had been held with Zimbabwean Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara and Zambian President, Rupiah Banda in this regard.

"They are interested to see how their countries can benefit in terms of tourism," he said.

A partnership has also been signed with Mauritius in which the country has committed to providing more than 300 rooms to 2010 guests.

More than 450 000 visitors are expected to flock to South Africa during the tournament.

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