Thursday, 11 November 2010

AFL: Australia can't hear you!

So many great Aussie sporting stars coming out to support the World Cup bid. Ian Thorpe, Steve Waugh, Mark Webber, Robbie Farah, Cathy Freeman and now Liz Ellis.

And from so many different sports.

And not an AFL player in sight.

Do you think the AFL have banned them; surely they aren't that pathetic are they?

From the FFA:

With less than one month to go, former Australian netball captain, Liz Ellis, is the latest Aussie to support Australia’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

Ellis has swapped the ‘netball’ for the ‘football’ and now joins a range of other top Australian sporting stars including Steve Waugh, Brett Lee, Mark Webber, Robbie Farah, Ian Thorpe and Cathy Freeman who all want to see the FIFA World Cup™ come to our shores.

A member of Australia’s national netball team from 1992 until 2007, Ellis is the most capped international player for Australian netball. Ellis has represented Australia at four World Netball Championships and two Commonwealth Games. She was part of the team who won Commonwealth Games Gold Medals in 1998 and 2002, together with the 1995, 1999 and 2007 World Netball Championships title.

“Sport is a wonderful vehicle that brings together the nations and people of the world. The FIFA World Cup™ tournament is a perfect example of this – after all, it’s the biggest sporting event in the world. It would be terrific to see it come to Australia,” said Liz Ellis.

Australia has completed all the necessary preparation to show FIFA that we can host a technically excellent tournament that is also fun, safe and secure. But now it is time to demonstrate our nation’s strong public support for our bid.

“I encourage all Australians to support our bid to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to Australia in 2022. Just add your name at,” she added.

FIFA is set to announce the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on 2 December 2010 in Zurich.


Chuq said...

Wow two replies in one day!

Reading the list of names, I had to Google Robbie Farah as I'd never heard of him.

I'm guessing that's part of the reason. Rugby league is barely popular outside of Australia, AFL is barely popular outside of the southern states of Australia. FFA obviously wants people who are recognisable to the international media.

john said...

Or is because the AFL is up there with NFL as the world's most profitable sporting monopoly?