IPL has revived South African economy: President Zuma
May 25 2009 09:15 PM

South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday thanked the Indian Premier League for reviving the country's economy ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The IPL season2 was shifted to the rainbow nation since it has overlapped with the Indian elections.

"The IPL was a great advertisement for next month's Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Zuma said in his speech at the IPL's closing ceremony.

IPL T20 cricket tournament has revived the South African economy by 1 million rand with the number of hotels booked and the number of flights that were added and finally it had given a fillip to the South African tourism.

He has also said that the 37 day tournament has become as household name in a very short time and people were aware of all eight teams and it has brought cities to halt during the matches. He also expressed his desires for IPL3 in South Africa.

"It was a very difficult job for us to prepare everything at such short notice, including eight stadiums. I thank the organizers for a wonderful job. I also appreciate the presence of the Bollywood stars like Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty."—Zuman said.

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