World Cup Positive Impact

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup placed South Africa in the limelight and it was a chance for the country to prove its worth to international standards. The social impact of the World Cup was that of bringing people of different races, ages, genders and backgrounds together to unite for the cause of supporting the country and of being good hosts. According to Shar Adams (2010), the 2010 FIFA World Cup was a defining moment in South African history, as it played a role in uniting the country after years of separation. It is noted how Nelson Mandela was also acknowledged for helping to achieve this unity, as he had secured the rights to host the event in 2004 (Adams, 2010). Adams also mentions that the country is going through a transition from a painful and divided past and that South Africans are trying to become one nation (2010). This has been confirmed, and further expanded upon, in research done by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in their final report Impact of the 2010 World Cup on Social Cohesion, Nation Building and Reconciliation (2011). Their research reveals that the World Cup had a positive impact on social unity and nation building (HSRC, 2011). HSRC’s research shows that the 2010 World Cup had a significant impact on social cohesion, economic disadvantages, confidence in government and economic opportunities, with the highest impact being on social cohesion (HSRC, 2011). HSRC also states that the World Cup was unifying in terms of how it broke down social,

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