It first started with the word that South Africa would not be able to host the World Cup in 2010 because their stadiums would not be built in time, or because there is just too much crime in South Africa. The list was endless with reasons for South Africa failing to deliver and that Australia were on standby to host the World Cup. All that was quashed and people got on with what they had to do to make 2010 a success. Now it seems like those entrusted with making 2010 work are now fighting amongst themselves! A report in the Sunday Times yesterday headlined ‘2010 Turmoil‘ left me stunned. When I saw this, I thought to myself, “Here we go again, what now?”
It seems like certain people in the LOC (Local Organising Committee) are not seeing eye to eye. There has been a lot of fighting and people are leaving their jobs. These are the same people who are meant to make sure the Word Cup actually happens and is a success. Now if they are fighting, is there any hope? What would really be sad is that, things like stadiums and infrastructure would be ready for the World Cup but FIFA may decide to bring in their own people to actually run the event if this turmoil does not stop or get fixed. How bad would that look, if South African’s are unable to run the event in their own country?
I was at the stadium being built in Cape Town over the weekend and it was encouraging to see the progress in its developments. A clear sign than 2010 is becoming a reality after all the fighting that was there before. Now it seems like there could be other factors that could disrupt the running of this showcase in 2010. The LOC should get its house in order and should not let the country be humiliated just because certain individuals do not get along.