n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Editorial

Volume 14, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Millions of South Africans and indeed Africans are hopeful that The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup will be successfully hosted on the continent for the first time. In addition to the tremendous opportunity that the tournament presents in terms of income generation, employment creation, infrastructural development and direct foreign investment, the success of the mega event should not only be judged based on its projected economic impact. Indeed its socio-political and cultural impacts are equally important. According to the United Nations (UN) sport should not only meet economic and entertainment purposes, it should also facilitate development and peace activities, especially at the community level. Given the importance attached to soccer as the leading sport world-wide, the 2010 FIFA World Cup could provide a window of opportunity to design and implement sustainable social integration, peace and development initiatives.

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