Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2012

Danny Jordaan

Danny Jordaan

CEO, 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ORGANISING COMMITTEE SOUTH AFRICA

Danny Jordaan is a man with a variety of interests. He has been a Senior Lecturer at a tertiary institution, politician, sportsman, sports administrator, businessman and a political activist in the struggle against apartheid. He was also an avid sportsperson participating in various sports, including soccer, cricket and hockey.

Danny studied at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, and the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, Diploma in Higher Education and an Honours Degree.

As a strong believer in normal sport in an abnormal society, he campaigned vigorously against apartheid in sports. One of his first positions in sports was as the President of Eastern Province Soccer Board in 1981 and in 1984 he became the Deputy President of the South African Soccer Federation (SASF). These organisations campaigned for the non-racial democratic South Africa as well as the return of football as a member of FIFA.

In 1991 Danny became Vice President of SAFA, before taking on the role of Chief Executive of SAFA in May 1997 and then being appointed as the CEO of the2006 FIFA World Cup Bid Company. Following this he gained the position of the CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Bid Company, which, on 15 May 2004, successfully won the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Danny Jordaan has delivered various papers at numerous international conferences dealing with the global economy, marketing, major event organisation as well as racism in football.

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I have concentrated on taking my batting to the highest possible level and now I feel I am in a position to make a contribution to South African cricket in a leadership role.


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