AU may shift next summit over 2010 FIFA World Cup

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sports and politics may mix, against conventional wisdom, if the African Union (AU) goes ahead to shift the dates for its June/July, mid-year Summit for 2010 to avoid a clash with the dates for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first to be held on the African soil.
``The dates for the final phase of the World Cup scheduled to take place in Sout h Africa in 2010 should be taken into account in fixing the dates for the next African Union Summit, scheduled for June/July 2010 ,'' a group of experts has recommended to the leaders of the 53 AU member states, who are currently meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The 2010 World Cup is slated to kick off 11 June and end a month later, a schedu le that will definitely coincide with the dates for the mid-year Summit, usually held towards the end of June and early July.
The implication is that the Summit may either be held a little early in June or much later in July, when the World Cup would have ended.
Football fever has gripped the African continent ahead of the World Cup, and eve n leaders and other top government officials are not excluded from the excitement that is sweeping across the soccer-loving continent, as top class footballers prepare to head to South Africa for the global football extravaganza.

01 février 2010 13:01:00

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