Monday, January 26, 2009
Today marks 500 days until the beginning of World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Scope the new widget on the right side of the page.
It's looking less likely that TFA will be making the trek to South Africa. I blame it on the financial crisis, everything else is these days. And, I'm sure I will not be watching every single match like I did in 2006.
My problems pale in comparison to South Africa's though. Four stadia were scheduled to be completed in December 2008, yet remain unfinished but still scheduled to be used for the 2009 Confederations Cup (the dress rehearsal of sorts for the WC). The remaining six stadia are slated for a December 2009 completion but most consider that unrealistic.
Moreover, the costs are spiraling to about $1.2B, approximately four times the amount estimated when the bid was awarded. On top of that, organizers are now expecting less than half of the original 900,000 visitors. Spiraling costs and fewer visitors? Sounds like a recipe for success to me.
Frankly, if World Cup 2010 does occur in South Africa, I will consider it a minor miracle.
[Photo: Sports Illustrated]