Saturday, April 08, 2006

Malaysians will be hard working at FIFA World Cup

Eight Malaysian football identities will be making contributions to the FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany during 9 June - 9 July. Asian Football Confederation general-secretary Dato' Peter Velappan already sits in the organising committee of the World Cup but leading the way on the operational side are AFC deputy general-secretary, Dato' Paul Mony Samuel who will be general coordinator at the Nuremberg Frankenstadion where England, Mexico and Japan will see action and FIFA development officer, Windsor Paul John who will be general coordinator for Berlin’s Olympiastadion, the venue of the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on 13 June, a quarter final and the Cup Final on 9 July.

"It is a honour to be appointed as the general coordinator for the World Cup, more so as I will be handling the Berlin venue where the final will be played," W Paul John told S Selvam of the New Straits Times. The role of the general coordinator is to ensure that all aspects of organising the matches, before, during and after the matches are well taken care of.

Former New Straits Times sports editor Lazarus Rokk, will be assisting FIFA director of communications Alain Leiblang to helm the Main Media Centre in Berlin while Dr Gurucharan Singh is a medical committee member, Nazri Abdullah is an assistant referees instructor, R. Indran is a security officer and Lim Kim Choon is with the technical study group.

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