Disabled in 2010 pinch

2010-05-13 00:00

WHILE everyone is gearing up for the 2010 World Cup, people living with disabilities may have a difficult time getting to sit in the stadiums because there aren’t enough seats allocated for them.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in parliament during a meeting between the parliamentary sports portfolio committee, host cities and the South African Disabled Alliance (Sada).

Sada chairperson Muzi Nkosi told The Witness,: “We hired a consultant to check the success of accessibility to the stadiums for people with disabilities.

“While the access to the stadiums was okay, however, the problem is with inadequate seat allocation for those who are disabled,” he said.

“I hope that the meeting that we had in parliament to update us on progress that has been made to cater for the disabled during the World Cup will pave the way for better things for everyone.”

Local Organising Committee spokesperson Jermaine Craig said: “We have worked very closely with Sada to cater for the needs of disabled spectators attending the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”

He stressed that provision of access and world-class facilities for the disabled fans at the tournament is of paramount importance to the LOC.

“And we continue to engage constructively with Sada to ensure that the needs of disabled individuals are well catered for.

“We have gone to the extent of using the services of a Sada consultant during our inspection tours of all the World Cup stadiums,” said Craig.

Responding to people who have criticised the LOC over what they call inadequate accessibility to stadiums for those living with disabilities, Craig said they continue to engage with Sada to ensure all parties are satified.

Sada said communicating information to people with disabilities needs to be improved drastically.

“Even though the number of seats allocated is not adequate, however, we hope that the tournament will be a success for South Africa,” said Nkosi.

 

 

 

 

 

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