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Jordaan: Celebrate good times

2010-03-02 14:08

Durban - Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee Danny Jordaan has called on South Africans to celebrate the 100 days until the World Cup milestone.

Jordaan praised the progress the country had made since first winning the right to host the tournament and declared that the country's readiness to host the spectacle.

"The 100-day milestone is as much a celebration of the work achieved as it is the expectation of the world's greatest football event," he said.

"We have come a long way since our name was pulled out the envelope in 2004.

"The hard infrastructure work has been largely completed.

"Our stadiums will be ready to host the fans and teams and our airports will be ready to welcome the influx of visitors.

"For the next 100 days it is the people of South Africa that need to prepare for the celebration that awaits them.

"As South Africans we have encountered a lot of skepticism but today, as we celebrate this milestone, we can confidently say to the World that we will be ready," added Jordaan.

The celebrations in Durban are the culmination of a four-day long tour of all the stadiums and Host Cities with a contingent of 100 journalists, accompanied by Jordaan and FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke.

The tour started on Friday, February 26 with a tour of Johannesburg's two stadiums - Soccer City and Coca-Cola Park - and ends on Tuesday with a tour of Durban stadium.

"Over the last few days we have travelled across the country to see the level of preparation for the World Cup and what we have seen gives me the confidence that in 100 days the only concern that the teams and fans will have is who will lift the trophy on July 11, 2010.

"I congratulate the Host Cities on the hard work they have put in over the last few years to make sure they are ready for the tournament.

"What I can say to them is that the hard work has paid off - we stand today with 100 days to go until the World Cup and today is the day that we can celebrate the hard work and the people that have contributed to our World Cup success," he concluded. 

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