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jueves, 1 de julio de 2010

Miss World penalty shootout: Argentine beauty queen takes away the trophy


The World Press Nite reception organized by AIPS in association with World Sport Destination Expo themed "Miss World Penalty Shootout" was taken away by Argentine stunner, Mae Screlkove at the cost of Africa's gorgeous representative, Mimi Areme from Ghana.
Mae Screlkove won (1-0) against her African opponent Mimi Areme in the exciting finale in front of a crowd of more than 200 international media.
The competition was a simulation which pit the Miss World contestants from the eight 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter finalists Uruguay, Argentina, Ghana, Germany, Netherlands, Paraguay, Brazil and Spain) against each other.
To reach the final the sure-footed Miss Argentina swept aside her German colleague in the quarter finals - (1-0), then Spain (2-1) in the semi-final before her emphatic win against Miss Ghana (1-0).
"I am very satisfied to win this trophy which is a good sign for me and for my country during this period of the 2010 World Cup. I hope that I win the Miss World contest which will be held in Vietnmam in October, and that our team will be world champion," declared Mae Screlkove.
Before the goal contest the various candidates gave their insight on the World Cup and their various favourites for the conquest of the trophy and were interviewed by Mr Fernando Nurnburg Zambrano, President of the Bolivian Sports Journalists' Association and member of the AIPS Football Commission, and Ms Aya Elisabeth Goli (Ivory Coast), President of the Union of African Women Sports Reporters.
Contestants (in order of qualification) included
1. Uraguay – Eliana Oliveria- Gonnet
2. Argentina – Mae Screlkove
3. Ghana – Mimi Areme
4. Germany – Maike Frohlingsdorf
5. Netherlands – Francis Beukevelb
6. Paraguay – Tamara Sosa-Zapattini
7. Brazil – Luciana Reis
8. Spain – Laura Garcia-Fernandez
When interviewed by AIPS Football Commission Chairman, Keir Radnedge (England), FIFA Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Mr Nicolas Maingot, told the media his favourite moment of the 2010 edition of the World Cup haas been the opening ceremony and the very first match - South Africa v Mexico. Maingot said he was happy to be at the AIPS ceremony which provided a lighter moment during the heavy World Cup schedule.
AIPS President Gianni Merlo highlighted the good work done for the media by FIFA and the local organising committee and praised the fact that FIFA had introduced free internet in the media centres, a welcome assistance for the working media when rate cards continue to increase at other top international sporting events."There were some small problems in the beginning, but FIFA has been more than willing to solve these problems, and for that we are grateful," Merlo said.
Also in attendance were Mr Jose Luis Cunha, Chairman of the Brazil Tourism Board, Mr Collin Mackenzie, General manager, Content SABC, Mr Morio Sanyane, Head of Media for the South African Football Association (SAFA), and Mr Tony Prince, World Sports Destination Expo.

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