South Africa whips up World Cup frenzy
South Africa whipped itself into a World Cup frenzy on Wednesday as tens of thousands of fans cheered the national side through Johannesburg and the holders Italy flew in to defend their crown. Two days before the kick-off, crowds turned the streets of the Sandton business district into a cacophonous sea of yellow and green, honking ear-splitting vuvuzela horns as the team waved at them from an open-top bus.
There were similar scenes throughout Johannesburg, as office workers left their buildings and lined the streets to blow vuvuzelas and wave South African flags, as passing cars tooted their horns. “It means a lot to us,” Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala told reporters. “We just have to get out there and down onto the field and make the nation and ourselves proud.” “It was a national call to have a vuvuzela moment,” s said Zanele Ntuli among the crowds outside parliament.
Ever since it became the first African nation to win the right to stage the tournament six years ago, South Africa has had to fend off claims that its high crime rate, lack of infrastructure and rudimentary public transport system rendered it an unsuitable choice.
Fears over crime were highlighted when armed robbers broke into a rural lodge where reporters covering Portugal are staying, holding one journalist at gunpoint before making off with cash, camera equipment and passports.
A spokesman for the local organising committee said everything was in place but added that opening-day traffic jams remain a concern. “We urge the 90,000 spectators who will be coming here to exercise restraint when it comes to using their own cars, because there are buses and there are trains which will drop them right at the door,” said Rich Mkhondo.
1. Some people think that international sporting events are constructive to promoting world peace. Do you agree or disagree with this statement？
2. Popular events like the football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
… armed robbers broke into a rural lodge where reporters covering Portugal are staying, holding one journalist at gunpoint before making off with cash, camera equipment and passports.
We urge the 90,000 spectators who will be coming here to exercise restraint…
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