What often gets overlooked is the business behind the FIFA organization. Congress Rental was privileged to be chosen to supply all the simultaneous interpretation, microphones and digital recordings for all the meetings and ceremonies leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. These meetings included the 60 th FIFA Congress opening ceremony and conference, as well as numerous smaller meetings for the various executive committees and member associations such as UEFA, AFC and CONCACAF. In total this consisted of the FIFA Medical Conference (held during February at Sun City), 14 meetings of various sizes at the Sandton Convention Centre, 2 large scale meetings at Gallagher Estates and 1 at Monte Casino, Fourways. Press Conferences were also held at the Sandton Sun Maroela Room.
For all these meetings Congress Rental supplied the simultaneous interpretation equipment and microphones. Languages required varied considerably between meetings, however the most common were; English, French, Spanish and German . Additional languages provided by Congress Rental included Russian, Italian, Korean, Indonesian, Farsi, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese . From a booth point of view, having so many languages being interpreted in different locations concurrently could prove to be a logistical nightmare! However Congress Rental came out shining, even supplying 24 booths in total, to three locations on the busiest days. Through the duration of the conference, Congress Rental supplied equipment for 8 rooms with a varying number of booths and microphones (depending on the specifications for the day). The largest of the conferences was the 60 th FIFA Congress, which brought together the 208 FIFA member countries across the globe. The likes of President Zuma, former President Mbeki, President of FIFA Sepp Blatter, Pele, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Franz Beckenbaur attended this congress. An opening ceremony was held in Gallagher estate and the actual conference proceedings were held at the SCC. Congress Rental provided all the interpretation and conferencing equipment, including 1500 – 2000 receivers, 7 interpretation booths and 30 delegate microphones. This world cup has been a fantastic experience and we would like to thank all our suppliers, clients and employees for all they contributed during this time. Thank you… and thank you South Africa for a great 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Arsenal football club is following the steps of World Cup teams with
their new fully recycled kits. Brazil, Netherlands and Portugal sported kits made of recycled plastic bottles. These Nike shirts are 100% recycled and don’t vary greatly in price compared to their non- recycled counterparts. It takes up to eight recycled plastic bottles to make each of the shirts, which are sourced from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill and melted down before being processed into fabric. Nike claims the process cuts energy use by 30 per cent compared with newly manufactured polyester. Even soccer is going green!
Dear Loyal Readers
I hope you all enjoyed this final note on the World Cup. What a truly spectacular month! I can’t believe its over, but I think my body is glad it is J Time to settle back to routine, but what are we going to watch now that
our 20H30 time slot is now open. It was an event I’m glad I was privileged to experience, from the conferences to the fan parks and to the matches. Well done South Africa and …. VIVA ESPAÑA!
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Raquel de Sousa