Sada’s planned protest action ‘surprises’ LOC

2010-03-25 14:41

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) says

it has been surprised by decision by members of the South African Disabled

Association (Sada) to embark on protest action outside SAFA House today.

“We have worked with them over the past two years to ensure that

our stadia are the most accessible in the history of South Africa.

“As part

of our commitment to the disabled community, each wheelchair pass includes a

complimentary ticket for the person assisting the holder of a wheelchair ticket

to attend the match”’ read the statement issued by the Local Organising

Committee (LOC).

“Wheelchair passes are sold at the lowest price, for that

particular match, regardless of where they are located in the stadium”.

According to the LOC, consideration had also been taken for the

disabled person to watch the game alongside other able bodied spectators.

“Late last year the LOC and SADA signed a memorandum of agreement

indicating a political will on our side to deal with their requests and we have

gone out of way to meet most of their demands.”

The statement also pointed that a consultant to SADA also joined

the Fifa inspection tour of the six new World Cup stadiums in September last

year to oversee that provisions had been made for universal access.

“The LOC wishes to clarify certain misconceptions around stadium

accessibility. For example it is not true that there is no signage at the

stadiums”.

FIFA World Cup signage, including signage for disabled fans, will

only be erected before the tournament as part of the OC’s overlay plans.

The LOC dismissed as “false” claims that stadiums had no access

routes as SADA’s own consultants have praised new stadiums as the most

accessible in the history of the country.



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