Doubters silenced in SA

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FIFA World Cup local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan has been sent apologies from some people who levelled criticism at South Africa in the build–up to the tournament.

With just eight teams now remaining, the tournament enters its final stages on Friday 2 July after a difficult few years in which questions were raised over South Africa's ability to stage one of the biggest events in world sport. Even though there have been problems with striking security staff, empty seats in stadia and severe delays caused by roadworks on some of the country's main motorways, Jordaan believes the organisers have proved the doubters wrong. "I think it's wonderful that the doubters are the believers today, " he said. "The strange thing is that some of the countries that were our worst critics have come forward and said 'you know what, we were wrong. This is an incredible experience for us, our delegations and our fans. We are just having a wonderful time'. One or two in fact apologised for saying all these things about the country, its people and about the World Cup. So it's very satisfying to us as a nation, it's not a personal thing. Affirmation is always good, affirmation of a country's ability to deliver helps. " About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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