World Cup 2010 – South Africa in doubt

I’ve just been reading about the woes concerning South Africa and theor ability to hold the Wold Cup in 2010. It seems that past doubts are gathering steam. With security concerns as well as monetary and infrastructure problems to contend with there is talk about moving the competition to another nation. With the occasional Scotland fan suggesting “England deserve it more than South Africa” matters are indeed dire.

South Africa does not have the reputation of being the safest destination. However, with the money involved in the World Cup and the certain massive influx of tourists and their money, criminal gangs and opportunists are believed to be looking to exploit the event to thier own ends. And they arn’t the only ones. As well as pickpockets and muggers, organised crime inside South Africa and from surrounding countries are thought to be looking to make massive profits from drugs and prostitution. On top of that there will be the expected accompaniment of violence. None of it looks pleasant.

Doubts have been heightened lately with the murder of Austrian Soccer star Peter Burgstaller. The ex-SV Salzburg goalkeeper was shot dead on a golf course near Durban, the motive for which was believed to be robbery.

With all the bad publicity about South Africa, suggestions are being made to move the competition. Opinions have been expressed that the event should be hosted in a safer, more reliable country. Germany is the most obvious nation. Having just hosted a successful World Cup, everyone can be assured of a relatively safe, financially stable competition. Other possible venues are the USA, Australia and England, all of which have modern stadiums and relatively low crime.

It would be a shame if South Africa were to lose out on World Cup 2010. However, I have to say I’m not overly keen on getting mugged, or worse. While in Lithuania recently, fans were getting mugged on a regular basis. Indeed one of the guys in our hostel was turned over by Lithuanian thugs leaving him in a really bad way. With that in mind I think that safety does deserve to be a primary concern. Plus any failing for the safety of fans can only have a detrimental effect for the future of the competition as a whole.

If the venue changes, I vote Australia then England on the basis of Australia not having hosted the event and England being close at hand for Scotland fans. Let’s hope its not necessary.

4 Responses to “World Cup 2010 – South Africa in doubt”

  1. Mate – your chance of being mugged in SA during the tournament are very low – the security will be good and there to protect the tourist, I can assure you. SA has hosted World cup rugby, cricket and other such events with great success and no issues in terms of security.

    Have a little bit of adventure and live outside the box for once. How many times have you been to SA?

  2. Broe!!!- It’s time for change, can’t you see that, I agree with “Justin”, You people need to stop thinking like kids and grow up for a change, you sound like a spoilt brat who is used at getting all he wants from his moms, . I can’t beilieve that you mention”Australia then Englnd” if the venue changes, as if they gonna change

  3. “You people”?

    Noone wants World Cup 2010 moved elsewhere. FIFA would look bad, the competition would be thrown into possible disarray and the fans who will have been organising travel and accommodation would be upset. However, it would not be the first time. When Mexico last held the World Cup in 1986, they did so after Columbia withdrew citing bunkruptcy as their reason.

    If the worst was to happen I understand fellow African nations would be offered first chance to hold the competition in place of South Africa. Only after that option was exhausted would other nations be allowed to put themselves forward. As I say, let’s hope it is not necessary.

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