New Delhi: South Africa and India stand to
gain as partners in every sphere except one -- cricket.
This remark of visiting South African President Jacob
Zuma won applause from a gathering of captains of the industry
whom he addressed here this afternoon.
"India and South Africa look at each other as partners
rather than competitors in all fields but one. Clearly, we are
competitors in cricket," he said at a function organised by
FICCI, CII and Assocham.
Earlier, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma regretted that
India has not taken football as seriously as cricket and hence
could not participate in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa
later this month.
However, he said he was sure that several Indians were
already making a beeline to South Africa to watch the football
world cup that begins in Johannesburg on June 11.