Durban bids for football record

2010-06-25 00:00

THE city of Durban will be attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest number of successful football passes ever made, in celebration of the World Cup being held in South Africa. Today will see members of the public congregating at the city’s beachfront, next to the official Fifa Fan Park, as they play their part in the attempt by passing a football to each other non-stop.

The initiative has been put together by Sigma International, a global management consulting firm, and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chief operating officer of Sigma International and board member of the chamber, Akash Singh, said the current record was set by a group of 557 Chinese in 2002, each passing the ball once.

Singh said that while Durban is targeting 600 people to break the record, it is expecting as many as 1 000 to take part.

“We need to get as many as possible so that we can keep the record for as long as we can,” he said.

Singh said the event comes at an ideal time, with global media focused on Durban today as it hosts the Brazil versus Portugal match, one of the biggest games in the tournament so far.

“It will provide us with a great opportunity to celebrate the World Cup in our country as well as showcase our city and its magnificent beachfront,” said Singh.

Anyone over the age of 15 and fit enough to pass a football 12 metres is urged to attend the event. A Guinness World Record adjudicator from London will be present and, if successful, the participants will be issued with a certificate and a photograph to commemorate the record-breaking occasion.

The event starts next to the northern entrance of the Fifa Fan Park on the beachfront at 8 am sharp.

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