Fifa 2010: 48?000 rooms for visitors — accommodation no longer concern for World cup

2009-12-03 00:00

STRIKE accommodation off the list of issues of concern for the 2010 World Cup, Fifa said yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s final draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Speaking after a special ge­neral meeting of the Fifa executive committee, general secretary Jerome Valcke said enough rooms have been procured for the World Cup, based on projected figures of the number of fans who will travel to South Africa for the event, which kicks off on June 11.

“In terms of accommodation, we are fine. It’s not on the list any more as an issue, not only for the Fifa and football family, but for whoever wants to come to South Africa for the World Cup.

“We will launch a new site on Fifa.com on December 4 where people will able to find and book accommodation.

“This is because, based on our expectation of the amount of people coming to South Africa, and having now procured a bit more than 48 000 rooms, we’ve got the number of beds and nights we need to accommodate all the people.

“It’s also linked to the first two phases of ticket sales. We’ve got the third phase starting now [on Saturday], which is also important because there will be potentially more than one million tickets in the market.”

Accommodation, transport and security have been the main issues that need addressing for the World Cup.

After reports from Argentina that their coach, Diego Maradona, who is serving a two-month Fifa ban for an abusive outburst on television, is planning to be part of that country’s delegation, Valcke said Maradona will not be accredited for the final draw.

“The ban applies to all soccer events.

“I have written a letter to the Argentinian association to explain this,” he said.

THE official 2010 World Cup ball, the Adidas Jabulani, will be launched at the V&A Waterfront tomorrow.

Adidas have described it as the “roundest ball ever”, thanks to its eight special moulded panels, which the manufacturer says will make the ball the most accurate ever.

Pictures of the ball were leaked on to the Internet and used by at least one international newspaper yesterday.

Jabulani, meaning “to celebrate” in isiZulu, pays tribute to the passionate celebration of fans in 2010. The ball has 11 colours, in refe­rence to the 11 players in each team and South Africa’s 11 official languages.

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