As the countdown clock ticks past the 300 day mark, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) is positive that the country will be ready for kick off on 11 June 2010.
Chief Executive Officer of the OC, Dr Danny Jordaan said that while it is important to mark 300 days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, it should also serve as a reminder of the important work that still lay ahead in the build up to the tournament.
"It is important to record this milestone as a significant one in our country's history, but for those involved in organising the tournament - from the construction worker to the marketing executive - it is just another marker along the route to ensuring the World Cup is a success. Much has already been done and there is still much to be done," Dr Jordaan said.
He cited the completion of the stadiums, the finalisation of infrastructure and transport projects, the volunteer programme as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Cape Town on 4 December as some of the highlights on the road to 2010.
"On 4 December 2009, the eyes of the world will once again turn to South Africa and more specifically Cape Town when we host the World Cup draw. The 32 teams who will have qualified for the World Cup will be drawn into their respective groups for the first round of the tournament. The coaches from all the teams will be joined by journalists and broadcasters from all over the world at the event. "
Already progress on the six World Cup stadiums which were not used during the FIFA Confederations Cup are at an advanced stage, with construction progress at all stadiums well over the 80 per cent mark, Jordaan said.
"Although we still have projects to complete, we will continue to confront them with the same verve we have employed in the past."
Jordaan also thanked those who had already applied to volunteer for the World Cup and encouraged more to offer up their valuable time and service during the tournament.
"No World Cup could ever be a success without the valued support of volunteers. Already we have received more than 36,000 volunteer applications from people in over 130 different countries and we are confident that we will have the best possible team on hand to ensure the tournament's success," he said.