The old traveler’s tale that access is best if you “follow the Olympics” is true. The same is coming true for soccer, or as some call it “football.” Talking about Brazil’s success in obtaining the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Joseph S. Blatter, President of world football’s governing body said the vital issue for the competition’s Organizational Committee (OC) is to tackle accessibility.
According to FIFA “Never before has there been so much cooperation between a host nation’s Organising Committee and that country’s Paralympic Committee,” said Andrew Parsons, the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.
“We feel flattered that they have come to us. It’s a crucial time, because we’re discussing the laying down of technical rules concerning accessibility for sporting events in Brazil. This affects a very large section of the population, which is made up of the physically handicapped, the elderly, the obese and those recovering from injuries. These people are consumers and their rights as citizens are being respected.”
The article went on to say “Over and above the discussions concerning accessibility during Brazil 2014, the CPB President also sees the next FIFA World Cup as an opportunity to set down a marker and leave a legacy of accessibility for future generations. It’s important that issues like this are covered at a World Cup, because a big event always leaves its mark.”
In closing, Parsons said “We can help educate the country and create, via the World Cup, a culture of accessibility and an architectural concept which takes this issue into consideration. We’re happy to take a solid step in that direction and move on from talk to action.”