Danny Jordaan, the president of the 2010 World Cup organizing committee, expects the construction of all stadiums for next year’s tournament in South Africa to be completed by October.
Speaking in Milan at the start of a promotional campaign for the 2009 Confederations Cup, Jordaan named the four South African cities thatÂ will be used for the June 14-28 warm-up event and said the tournament will allay any fears over preparations.
“We are using four existing stadiums,” Jordaan said Thursday. “They are ready and have been used in previous events such as the 1995 rugby World Cup. These are Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Loftus Versveld (Pretoria) and Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
“For the World Cup, we shall have six new stadiums and by October of this year all of the stadiums will be ready for the World Cup.
About 450,000 supporters are expected to travel to South Africa for the World Cup _ down from the two million that traveled to Germany in 2006 _ and Jordaan said security will be a high priority with questions raised over the country’s crime record.
“We have committed 1.3 billion South African Rand (US$138 million) to increase the police force,” Jordaan said. “Our security teams worked at World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 and the Beijing Olympics. The team has worked at 15 events and we are confident that our team can provide a safe environment.
“We have hosted many events and all those events went off without problem. Rugby World Cup in 1995 passed without incident. At the African Cup of Nations in 1996, there were no problems, and the Cricket World Cup in 2003 featured no problems.
Jordaan also outlined the extensions being made to South Africa’s transport system.
“There is an airport expansion at Johannesburg airport and it will be able to handle 30 million passengers per year,” he said. ï¿½There is a special train from the airport to the city center that will be completed by next year.
“We shall have 450 extra buses and will upgrade our trains. We expect most fans to travel by air, so we will be bringing in new airplanes.
DATED: 26th March 2009