Obama: 2010 attendance my goal

2009-07-10 22:29

L'Aquila - President Barack Obama hinted on Friday that he will attend next year's Soccer World Cup tournament in South Africa.

After a photograph with President Jacob Zuma on Friday, a reporter asked Obama if he'll attend the matches. "That's my goal," Obama replied.

The White House has said Obama hadn't made a decision if he would attend the event. But on Friday, Obama suggested that he wanted to.

After answering the question, the US president playfully asked: "Did you get that?"

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has invited Obama to the World Cup opening ceremony and has said the US president will try to make it.

The White House said Obama has agreed to meet with the head of FIFA, the governing body of the sport, about the World Cup.

The World Cup runs from June 11 to July 11.