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Blatter Scores Goals

• Published on 11 Dec. 2012 • Category :Sport • Tags : Values Inclusion 2012

Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, said he has nearly achieved the two main goals he set for himself on becoming president of the association in 1998. These were to ensure that each national organization had a good quality field to play on, and to bring the World Cup to Africa as a demonstration of greater inclusion. The first goal has been achieved with the exception of South Sudan, and the World Cup was held in South Africa in 2010. And on awarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar, thereby bringing the event to the Middle East, he said, “We did it. We closed this circle.”

Speaking at the official opening of the Doha Goals Forum, he said sport must be brought to more people because of the  “wonderful ability of sport to connect people,” and because of the values it teachers, such as “discipline, respect, fair play.”

What’s more, sport offers people something unique: “hope.” With sport, if you perform and lose, you can come back. Sport gives you the possibility of losing and then coming back with spirit and becoming winner.”