Brazilian delegation to learn from SA ahead of world cup

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - A Brazilian 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.

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

Representing the Brazilian delegation, Silvio Torres said they were confident that they would organize and host a successful world cup after spending time in South Africa, adding that they were very impressed with what they saw and learnt here.

"We are here to learn how South Africa is organising the world cup and with the LOC's progress in preparations for the world cup, we will achieve our objectives of organising a world class tournament," he said.

According to the Local Organising Committee (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 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.