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Letter: FIFA boss visit ‘a waste of money’

Thursday 27 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Letter: FIFA boss visit ‘a waste of money’

It was good to read in your paper yesterday that the FIFA President will pay a visit to the Cook Islands and other Pacific countries.

We thought he was coming over to inaugurate an infrastructure project in the country. But no, it is only a courtesy rush visit for just a very short time. I reckon the current FIFA President has been in office for several years now and under his leadership and his crony staff, not one infrastructure project has been completed. What a legacy? Nothing to show for.

I remember when (Sepp) Blatter was FIFA President, the Cook Islands completed several projects. That’s what we thought he was coming over for, but no its just a joy ride, politics and a photo with PM Mark Brown. This trip is a waste of money.

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Sammy Mataroa on 27/07/2023

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the FIFA President's visit to the Cook Islands and other Pacific countries. While I understand your concerns, I believe it is essential to view this visit as an opportunity rather than a waste of resources. The global football community has a net worth of approximately $600 billion, with funds being invested in various countries worldwide, including the Cook Islands. This visit by the FIFA President serves as a valuable chance for our small island nation to be recognized and appreciated by the international football community. In 2018 alone, an estimated 3.6 billion viewers tuned in to the World Cup, which demonstrates the significant influence and reach that football has across the globe. A visit by the FIFA President can only benefit our country in terms of visibility and potential opportunities that may arise from this exposure. While it is true that former FIFA President Blatter oversaw several infrastructure projects in our nation, it is also worth noting that he never visited the Cook Islands during his 17 year presidency. Therefore, it is crucial not to overlook the significance of this visit as it demonstrates genuine interest and commitment from FIFA's leadership. As far as funding for this trip is concerned, it should be noted that it is financed by FIFA, without placing a burden on our country's finances. In light of these factors, I think it would be more productive to view this visit as an opportunity rather than a waste of money. Please consider the potential benefits that could emerge from this visit rather than focusing solely on perceived shortcomings. Embrace this moment as an opportunity for progress and growth of football in the Cook Islands