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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.