Impact Of The Fifa Worldcup2010 In South Africa

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The 2010 FIFA World cup had a huge impact on South Africa; politically, economically, and culturally as it brought a boost to the entire country and a new sense of pride and unity to the South African citizens. This worldwide event created a base of recovery for a problem plagued country from past issues such as the Apartheid. South Africa, a middle economy country and provider of many natural resources such as gold, diamonds, platinum, phosphate, etc., was chosen as the first African country to host a FIFA World Cup over other countries in Africa like Egypt and Morocco, who were both also tipped to be chosen to host back in 2004. Being chosen to host this event, meant that South Africa had to become culturally open to many racial differences in order to abide by FIFA’s rules to be able to accommodate tourists, important athletes, and important figures from all over the world leading to having the entire country appreciate the force of unity that sport brought to them, as Nelson Mandela had encouraged for much of his life. The 2010 FIFA World Cup served as an opportunity for a country that had experienced many problems under the Apartheid to improve in all aspects, and with a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup in their country it created a sense of union not only in South Africa but also for the entire world.
The Apartheid in South Africa was a form of legalized segregation with a general preference that had the White above everyone else. The idea of White Supremacy in an African country was very controversial as the majority of the country was black and only the government officials were white. The racial segregation that the Apartheid enforced segregated everyone and the rights of man throughout the country, which is why Nelson Mandela is known for his passion and belief in equality for all citizens whether white or black. Even in 1994 when Mandela became President of South Africa and had the power to do whatever he fancied, he did not set out to seek revenge on the whites in South Africa but instead he wanted to unify everyone and truly become a country so that change and development would occur. “Sport can create hope where once there was only despair”(Nelson Mandela). These are wise words that came from the man who promoted that hope through many sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and recently and more importantly the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although he was fairly secluded throughout the actual tournament, due to the death of his great granddaughter, Mandela managed to attend the closing ceremonies and when he was publicly present, not one person would be sitting down; everyone, no matter where you were from would get up and commend him, showing gratitude for the valuable lesson and the amazing work he managed to do throughout his life. Mandela was put in jail for treason and was given a life sentence in 1964 following a campaign to bring down the South African Apartheid government. Mandela became one of the most well...

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