Columnists 15.3.2017 12:03 pm

Don’t think the Durban fiasco doesn’t affect Saru’s World Cup bid

Saru’s World Cup bid is being assessed. Its president was the 2022 bid committee chair and is struggling for cash. This could get awkward.

Despite the hyperbole that followed, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were right in rejoicing that Durban lost its hosting rights for 2022's Commonwealth Games.

Don’t think the Durban fiasco doesn’t affect Saru’s World Cup bid
Don’t think the Durban fiasco doesn’t affect Saru’s World Cup bid

Don’t think the Durban fiasco doesn’t affect Saru’s World Cup bid

Saru’s World Cup bid is being assessed. Its president was the 2022 bid committee chair and is struggling for cash. This could get awkward.

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Saru’s new rules an exercise in confusion

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