No 2010 basecamp for Cape Town

02/02/2010 at 14:16 11 comments


It seems that Cape Town, South Africa’s mother city, will not be used as a base camp by any of the 32 qualified countries during the 2010 world cup. This was reported on South Africa’s eyewitness news website a few days ago.

Other cities in the Western Cape province however, will host Denmark, France and Japan at various Garden Route golf estates.

Provincial 2010 Coordinator Laurine Platsky said Cape Town would miss out, partly due to its sea level altitude. She added teams also needed to be as close to their match venues as possible. Cape Town Stadium hosts eight matches, including a semi final.

“Because of transport problems across the country; teams have chosen to be as close as possible to as many match venues as possible,” said Platsky.

In the meantime Mexico, who will open the 2010 world cup against South Africa, has chosen Johannesburg. Serbia also made up its mind.  The country initially had its eyes set on a hotel in Benoni, 30km from Johannesburg, but only if the establishment would fix certain things. In the end, Serbia chose Auckland Park, Johannesburg, as their base camp.

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