Nothing But by by Simon Kuper

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Sports & the balance of power

In a BBC poll in 2006 most respondents voted that South Africa would never be ready to stage the 2010 World Cup. By 2008 doubts reached fever pitch, with skeptics proposing alternate venues like Australia, the USA, and Mexico.

It is a familiar refrain echoed of all developing countries that are given the rare opportunity to host an event of this magnitude. South Africa does not have the infrastructure, the roads, the airports, hotels, and the stadia to host such a huge event. It has a high murder rate that will frighten off soccer fans. Corruption is endemic in government and is a victim to complex tribal politics.

We lament the fact that all big sports events are held in white Western nations, especially now that it looks as if the World Cup will be taken away from SA.

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