2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


SUCCESSFUL COMRADES MARATHON - MORE PROOF THAT SA CAN HOST LARGE SPORTING EVENTS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SPORT

The successful completion of the Comrades Marathon proves once again South Africa's ability to host large sporting events. As was the case with the Rugby World Cup 1995 and numerous other events, South Africans have proven that they can rally together when it comes to sport. Sport remains one of the greatest unifying forces in our society.

The reports that the Comrades Marathon generated R300 million for the economy of that region where it is held, confirms also the huge economic potential that international sporting events hold. Soccer World Cup 2006 is within our grasp, hopefully the bidding committee takes note of this further proof of our readiness and willingness to host sporting events of magnitude.

Simultaneously, the spectre of soccer violence raised its head in the Euro 2000 match between England and Germany. We sympathise with the victims of the violence, but hope that the World Cup 2006 bidding committee takes note that group violence of this nature is very uncommon for South African soccer, and sport, supporters.

Africa deserves a chance to host the World Cup Soccer tournament; South Africa has shown its ability to do so countless times.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Sport

Cape Town
19 June 2000

 

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON: SAFETY AND SECURITY

Cape Town
17 May 2000