UN chief hails World Cup as success for Africa

08:25, July 14, 2010      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday hailed South Africa and the entire African continent as the real victors of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

As the soccer World Cup came to an end on Sunday with Spain's triumph in the final match, Ban summed up the occasion as a success for South Africa and as an opportunity to advance development throughout the African continent.

"It is my hope that this renewed focus on Africa will lead to an African renaissance and I call upon all parties to focus on ensuring that the success is sustained," Ban stated in a press release issued here.

Ban recognized South Africa's achievement in organizing the major global event, as well as FIFA's efforts to draw investment into the region.

"FIFA should be commended for its commitment to using the momentum and attention of football's greatest stage as a catalyst for development and economic stimulus for the African region," Ban stated.

The secretary-general noted the power of sport as a development and peace-building tool.

With the widespread attention brought onto Africa by the World Cup, Ban used the occasion to reiterate his call on African leaders to practice good governance and to implement peaceful solutions to conflicts throughout the continent.

"Following this path and looking to the example of South Africa and the World Cup, I am convinced that investors will be confident to focus on sustained investment on the continent," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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