Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Danny Jordaan's journey to World Cup boss
AP, February 16th, 2010 5:07PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup

MOST COMMENTED

Danny Jordaan, CEO of South Africa's 2010 World Cup Organizing Committee, was once was an anti-apartheid activist campaigning to keep South Africa out of international sports. Now he's in charge of preparing his country to be the first on the continent to host the premier tournament of the world's most popular sport.

"I am a person who could not vote in this country," he said. "I had no right to represent this country because of the policies of this country. South Africa was isolated because of those policies. And now South Africa is a host and inviting the whole world to come here."

In the 1970s, Jordaan participated in campaigns for South Africa to be expelled from international sports federations including FIFA. Many believe the isolation in a sports-mad country helped turn white public opinion against apartheid, which ended in 1994. A year later South Africa celebrated its return to international sports by hosting and winning the rugby World Cup, highlighted in the recent film "Invictus."

Jordaan says that thanks to the infrastructure built or speeded up for the World Cup, South Africa will be able to attract more tourists, more high-profile events and more investment, Jordaan said. He added that he was confident the country would be ready by June 11, when the World Cup opens. The stadiums are complete and some already have hosted games, and most of the infrastructure is in place, he said.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Mackay Out of Palace Running    
Malky Mackay, who was considered a shoo-in for the vacant Crystal Palace job, is no longer ...
UEFA Investigates Tavecchio Comments    
Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist ...
Report: Glazers to Keep Man United Five More Years    
The Guardian reports that despite mounting unrest over the Glazer's ownership of Manchester United, the family ...
Barca Denied Transfer Ban Appeal    
Barcelona will be unable to sign any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected its appeal against ...
UCL Playoffs: Higuain Rescues Draw vs. Bilbao     
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde says he had "hoped for something more" following his team's 1-1 ...
Wenger Bemoans Ramsey Suspension After Gunners Stalemate    
Aaron Ramsey was sent off as Arsenal eked out a 0-0 draw away to Besiktas in ...
Simeone: Di Maria is Real's Best Player     
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he thinks that Angel Di Maria is Real Madrid's best ...
Colorado College will be Team USA in 2015    
Colorado College, a Division III school, is moving to the Mountain West this season from Conference ...
Hazing investigation prompts cancellation of UNM opener    
In the aftermath of an incident in which Albuquerque fire and rescue and ambulance personnel were ...
Johannsson Has Groin Surgery     
AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday announced that USA forward Aron Johannsson had surgery on his right groin ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives