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What can we learn from World Cup 2010? How did South Africa build a legacy for PwD?

For one thing they started early with planning. Transportation, lodging, stadium accessibility, appropriate information in accessible formats, and proper training of volunteers and staff are considered essential to World Cup success. 

Disabled people from cities all across South Africa reported to me that transportation for Copa 2010 was done well and continues to improve for PwD. Buses and vans were fitted with wheelchair lifts. 

Disabled people's organizations across South Africa moved as rapidly as possible to finalize hotel accessibility norms for the country's Star Rating system. However, before World Cup 2010, the Star Rating group failed to train enough inspectors to do accessibility assessments at hotels. The system design itself caused problems for travelers because it failed to require accessibility at hotels from all price levels. South Africa also failed to create a national online repository of accessibility information that was available to visitors or travel industry professionals. This harmed both visitors, who were frustrated, and the industry, who lost business.

In addition, there seems to have been some sleight of hand in estimates about the sustainability of infrastructure:

"Unlike World Cup-related infrastructure projects, there are no guarantees for host cities that the stadiums will be financially sustainable. The possibility of ending up with white elephants that drain the budget is a real possibility in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth." P. 5

For example,

 According to one estimate, to be financially sustainable each of the ten World Cup stadiums must host 12 to 15 sold-out events per year ... previous mega-sport events suggest that stadiums rarely provide returns on investments. By normal international standards, the usage rate for a world-class stadium is eight percent (or 30 days) of the year with an average occupancy rate of 60 percent.

Source:

http://www.idasa.org/media/uploads/outputs/files/epolitics1.pdf

How can these mistakes be avoided at FIFA World up 2014?

 

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