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SA SOCCER NEWS
World Cup Would Bring Boost 20/09/03
Sports stadiums around South Africa will be in for a major face-lift if the country is awarded the 2010 Soccer World Cup in the upcoming May announcement.

The government has pledged R1.8billion to the refurbishment of stadia, to ensure that all those that would be used in the tournament meet international standards.

"We will make sure that all our stadiums are upgraded if the bid succeeds," Bid Logistics manager Ian Riley told Reuters. "We have budgeted R1.8 billion...for renovations."
 
That would be small-fry when set against the expected boost to the economy that hosting the event would bring.

"The 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa would contribute over R21.3 billion to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with about 160,000 new employment opportunities being created," Sports Minister Nconde Balfour said in a statement this week.

Balfour will be part of a governmental delegation that travels with Danny Jordaan and his Bid Committee colleagues to Zurich later this month to try and persuade the sport's world-governing body, Fifa, that South Africa can host the 2010 finals.

Fifa have already indicated that the finals will be played in either South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia or Libya, the first time the event will be brought to the African continent.

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