Brazil delegation in SA to observe 2010 preparations

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Johannesburg - A Brazilian 2014 FIFA World Cup delegation is currently in South Africa to learn more about the processes and preparations that go into staging one of the world's biggest sporting events.

Governor of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, Blairo Borges Maggi, who is leading the delegation, said that the country had already begun working on their own preparations but wanted to observe and learn from South Africa.

"What is really important is that we meet with the administration so that they will be able to assist us and tell us what works best," said Governor Maggi.

He and his team met with 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Dr Danny Jordaan on Monday.

According to the LOC the Brazilian delegation was pleased with the country's legacy pillars of tourism, infrastructure, the rebuilding of South Africa's and Africa's image, as well as job creation and stimulating growth in the small to medium business sector.

Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup in 2014, the second time the South American nation will be hosting the soccer showpiece since 1950.

Brazil is only the fifth country to host the FIFA World Cup twice, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany, and it will be the first time in FIFA history that the tournament will be hosted consecutively in the southern hemisphere.