Mandatory Challenjah: Are we event greedy?

2010-10-13 11:38

Bouyed by the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa seems to be turning into a greedy country.

Almost a week after Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta’s shot ripped the net and tore the Dutch team’s hearts apart on July 11 in the final of the soccer World Cup, it emerged that South Africa was eyeing the staging of the 2020 Olympic Games.

That was fine.

Nothing wrong with hankering to host probably the second largest sporting event in the world.

But about a month or two after the World Cup final, it again came to the fore that South Africa intend staging the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

As if that was not enough, reports also suggested that the country aimed to become hosts for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Mind you, the land that is presided over by Jacob Zuma will stage the Caf African Women’s Championships at the end of this very same month.

Just yesterday, it emerged that Mzansi will play hosts to the 2014 karate World Cup – which is said to have received a kick through President Zuma’s backing.

The motivation behind this desire to stage the various world and continental tournaments has always been revealed by various sports officials as being the fact that South Africa has the best facilities.

Staging a successful World Cup translates into the capability to stage any event, they reason.

But South Africans need to keep in mind that there are other countries on the continent that are also worthy of staging such international event, especially the world tournaments.

It would portray selfishness for Mzansi to go into the annals of history as the first African country to host the soccer World Cup, the Olympic Games and then the Fifa Women’s Under-20 World Cup.

At this rate, next thing we will be vying for either the Fifa Under-20 or Under-17 World Cup – or both.

We need to give other African countries a chance, lest we end up like the USA who host their own World Series.

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